"As long as it's not caught, I'm happy," Fielder said of his first home run in a Tigers uniform.
The Tigers had nine homers from eight different players, including two from Ryan Raburn, in their 18-3 win against the Braves on Sunday. A gusty wind blowing across the outfield and out to right helped quite a few of them along. Fielder's shot, though, was a no-doubter from contact.
He pulled a fastball from Julio Teheran, the No. 4 prospect in all of baseball according to MLB.com, and sent a liner off the light pole in right field. The ball hit at almost the same height as the scoreboard to the center-field side of it. Without the wind, he might have had a chance to knock out a bulb or two on the board, which would've been the only power outage on a day like this.
"It's pretty simple today," manager Jim Leyland said. "They could've gotten the ball up in the air to right field. They didn't. We did."
It was a little more complicated than that, but it had that feeling.
"After batting practice, I thought there would be a lot of home runs. But I've never seen anything like this," said catcher Alex Avila, who hit a tape-measure home run to near straightaway center field, just to the right of the batting eye.
Fielder isn't ceding anything to the wind.
"Nah, none of them are wind-aided," he said with a smile. "It's not our fault. I didn't tell the wind to do that."