The St Louis Cardinals squared off against the Milwaukee Brewers as the 2019 MLB season rages on. In the end, the Cardinals won, 3-0, but it was their player, Paul deJong who grabbed the headlines.
During the 6th innings, a delivery from Brewers reliever Devin Williams was dispatch off spectacularly. The ball, naturally went for a home run, but it was the ball’s destination, that had everyone talking.
Apparently, it was found nestled comfortably inside a neon McDonald’s Big Mac sign. The ‘M’ in Mac was even broken from the impact, as the ball’s exit velocity was 104.6 mph, according to Statcast
Big ac Land. pic.twitter.com/D8gumYWRlE
— MLB (@MLB) August 20, 2019
“I think I have some power and the ability to drive the ball out of the park, but that’s not always my intention,” DeJong said. “It’s more the result of getting a good pitch to hit and having my natural ability take over.
The destruction of the ‘M’ proved that the baseball was hit very hard, since the sign was situated on the second deck. Whatever, the case, the person responsible for fixing the sign, may not be too thrilled at Paul deJong.
Paul DeJong's HR ball still@in the M from Big Mac land. pic.twitter.com/usplFUfvpD
— Dan Lucy (@DanLucySports) August 20, 2019
Paul deJong wasn’t alone though, he was helped by teammate Dakota Hudson in holding the visiting Milwaukee Brewers hitless for 6 2/3 innings Monday night, propelling the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-0 victory.
This victory was the Cardinals’ eighth win in 10 games this season, and they are becoming a formidable side. Cardinals reliever Andrew Miller got the last out in the eighth inning with the bases loaded, then closed out the game in the ninth to earn his fifth save.
Paul DeJong hit the "M" on the "Big Mac Land" sign!
… Did he just win burgers for life? 🍔🤔
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) August 20, 2019
Milwaukee’s best chance for a hit against Hudson came in the sixth innings when Trent Grisham hit a hard grounder up the middle. Unfortunately for them, DeJong made a diving stop and threw out Grisham at first base.
“I was just out there competing and trying to throw up some zeros and get a win,” said Hudson, who has completed seven innings twice in his two-year major league career.
Paul DeJong, clearly more of a McRib guy.
— BuzzinTheTower (@BuzzinTheTower) August 20, 2019
Hudson laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Wong. Dexter Fowler hit a bloop single to shallow left, scoring Wong for a 2-0 lead.
DeJong added his 22nd home run with two outs in the sixth off reliever Devin Williams, knocking out the glass in the M on the Big Mac Land sign. DeJong has hit safely in his last 10 games against the Brewers.
"I don't even know if that counts as Big Mac Land… it's almost there. Maybe a junior Big Mac."
Paul DeJong launched a blast that literally went inside Big Mac Land tonight. The "M" that is.@RealPaulDeJong isn't sure if it counts as a true Big Mac homer, though. #STLCards pic.twitter.com/v8UTIsM8zc
— Corey Miller (@corey_miller5) August 20, 2019
Meanwhile for the poor Brewers, this is their fifth loss in seven games and they are pretty much down in the dumps. The Brewers and Cardinals have a combined 46 home runs, with the former on 25 and the latter on 21. All this took place in the first 11 games of their season series. St. Louis’ single-season record for homers against the Brewers is 24 (2003 and 2018). The Brewers have already matched their single-season high against St. Louis set in 2017.