Crosby swings for fences, impresses Pirates

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Now batting cleanup for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sidney Crosby.

OK, that's somewhat far-fetched, but given the whacks that Crosby took at the plate at PNC Park on Wednesday, the Pirates sure could use the Penguins star.

Crosby — invited, along with some teammates, to attend Pirates batting practice — hit five drives to the outfield wall before cracking a 370-foot homer just past the 21-foot Clemente Wall in right field.

“To be able to come out here was awesome and to be able to put one out was great," Crosby said on the Penguins website.

His home run impressed Pirates second baseman Neil Walker.

“He obviously has some serious hand-eye co-ordination,” Walker said. “I think he would catch on pretty quickly. He is a natural athlete. That was quite a shot right there. That was all of 360-370 feet. That’s some serious strength there’s no doubt about that.”

Crosby played baseball until the age of 13.


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