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J.J. Watt hits five BP home runs with Astros


Texans defensive end J.J. Watt took batting practice with the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Friday.

You can probably guess what happened next, because we wouldn’t have written this had he solely worked on moving the runner over from second to third with less than two outs.

Yes, J.J. Watt went yard.

Five times.

Watt, a right-handed hitter, had three of his five home runs hit a facade in left field, according to the Texans’ PR staff. Another struck a billboard in left.

KHOU-TV in Houston may have captured video of at least one of Watt’s home runs. It’s tough to see, but the buzz of the onlookers seems to indicate he did more than just hit a lazy fly to left.

I would be all for an NFL Home Run Derby. I bet there would be a solid audience; there usually is for all things NFL. And we already have two big-name contestants, what with the Lions’ Calvin Johnson impressing during a BP session with the Detroit Tigers last year.

Here’s another strong suspicion: there would be no shortage of NFL players wanting to participate.

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31 Responses to “J.J. Watt hits five BP home runs with Astros”
  1. mikebrownfaux says: Mar 29, 2013 7:15 PM

    Count me as all for an NFL Home Run Derby. I’m guessing there would be a solid audience. There usually is for all things NFL.


    Brilliant! Let’s replace the Pro-Bowl with this, while we’re at it, add a 3 point and slam dunk contest in the mix as well!!!

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 29, 2013 7:17 PM

    KillerWatt lights up the stadium.

  3. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 29, 2013 7:19 PM

    Yep, more proof that steroids were tailor-made for crushing baseballs.

  4. frankdatank23 says: Mar 29, 2013 7:23 PM

    Here comes more JJ Watt steroid accusations.

  5. kissmytaintpatriotsrule says: Mar 29, 2013 7:26 PM

    Wow he can hit a home run. Maybe he should learn how to sack a quarterback, or maybe learn to not totally disappear when he plays the Patriots.

  6. logicalvoicesayz says: Mar 29, 2013 7:26 PM

    Fans in Texas go gaga for a cornfed hick from podunk middle america. Big shocker there!

    This guy is like a mini Tebow in Houston.

  7. nineroutsider says: Mar 29, 2013 7:27 PM

    Only the Astros can’t hit a home run in that stadium…

  8. reasonableeaglefan says: Mar 29, 2013 7:27 PM

    I watch an NFL homerun derby before I’d watch the Pro Bowl

  9. dalucks says: Mar 29, 2013 7:28 PM

    That is 5 more home runs than the Astros have hit in Minute Maid Park this month.

  10. jimnaizeeum says: Mar 29, 2013 7:30 PM

    Kind of like when Herman Munster tried out for the Dodgers.

  11. themagicman1223 says: Mar 29, 2013 7:31 PM

    The next Deion Sanders? I kid I kid.

  12. themagicman1223 says: Mar 29, 2013 7:32 PM

    I didn’t want to say Bo Jackson because we’ll never see someone like Bo Jackson again. Shame his career got cut short.

  13. footballfather says: Mar 29, 2013 7:33 PM

    Before we start mixing sports, I would pay to see the college football champion (winner of the National Championship) compete against an NFL team. If it’s a close game, or at least somewhat competitive, then maybe it could become an annual thing. Personally, I think it would be pretty cool.

  14. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 29, 2013 7:34 PM

    I suddenly remember Michael Jordan clumsily flailing at major league pitching in spring training.
    Athletic ability doesn’t always translate to baseball…

  15. jaredo10 says: Mar 29, 2013 7:36 PM

    dudes a beast..not surprised at all

  16. GenXJay says: Mar 29, 2013 7:43 PM

    Are these article also on baseballtalk too?
    If not, then, can y’all post it there from now on.
    Baseball, is it really a sport?

  17. vikesfansteve says: Mar 29, 2013 7:47 PM

    He makes as much $ per year as the whole Astros team combined.

  18. jeffa43 says: Mar 29, 2013 7:55 PM

    For the record, Astros have hit more home runs this spring than almost every team…. And they play their games in Fla.

  19. thekingdave says: Mar 29, 2013 8:02 PM

    Wow dalucks, you are one funny guy. Since the Astros have yet to play at MMP this year, one would deduce that any home run hit by Watt would be greater than the total amount of Astro home runs.

  20. egodz51 says: Mar 29, 2013 8:12 PM

    Big deal. Grok hit 17 home runs before the Triple-A all star game last year in Buffalo.

    Compared to that, 5 isn’t really all that impressive.

  21. PriorKnowledge says: Mar 29, 2013 8:31 PM

    They used to have the NFL champion play the college all stars as a preseason game. They stopped because every year the college all stars got STOMPED.

  22. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 29, 2013 8:44 PM

    college football should be in the spring. it would work out perfectly. 3 month season after march madness. playoffs 4th of July week. Draft at the end of July. Training camp starts. perfect. sure the rookies may be a little sore, but so what.

    and what would be the best thing about this?

    baseball would be completely forgotten.

    god how i hate baseball. i absolutely hate it. the start of baseball is the absolute worst part of spring. Baseball pollutes the greatness of summer.

  23. edelmanfanclub says: Mar 29, 2013 10:12 PM

    Impressive. He could prob also start on the stros this year

  24. yem123 says: Mar 29, 2013 10:39 PM

    NFL home run derby would be epic!

  25. evilmajortom says: Mar 29, 2013 11:01 PM

    Was he wearing his bionic arm?

  26. deljzc says: Mar 30, 2013 12:41 AM

    Wouldn’t it be funny if an NFL home run contest outdid the real HR contest in ratings…

    I really wouldn’t bet against it.

  27. drgreenstreak says: Mar 30, 2013 6:00 AM

    methinks he wouldn’t get a hit at all in a real “at-bat” in a real MLB game.

  28. jacketsfan7 says: Mar 30, 2013 9:04 AM

    Always liked this guy , trade him to Cleveland I will love you Houston for the rest of my life

  29. doubleogator says: Mar 30, 2013 10:09 AM

    Drew Brees, does it too at New Orleans triple A team the Zephyrs, right and left handed…

  30. Uncle Charlie says: Mar 30, 2013 12:04 PM

    Left Field is only 315 ft. He better knock a few out, I can get the ball over a 315 ft fence.

  31. cornersss says: Sep 12, 2014 10:40 PM

    Well, we used to have a celebrity home run derby back in the day with MTV.

    Wow, MTV really kick started bad reality tv and our infatuation with socialites.

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