DETROIT Home runs can be magic, and this one certainly was.
Prince Fielder hit a majestic, 460-foot solo shot off the brick wall well beyond the scoreboard in right-center field Friday night. The third-inning blast was foreshadowed by Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona while speaking to reporters before the game.
And the ball from the prodigious swat -- the sixth-longest in 14 seasons at Comerica Park -- became the possession of a 4-year-old boy from Monroe who couldnt stop smiling.
Francona, a coach for Tigers manager Buddy Bell in 1996, used to throw batting practice to the son of the teams two-time league homer champion, Cecil Fielder.
"I remember he didn't pick up the balls," said Francona, who smiled while recalling young Prince. "I told him, 'No matter how far you hit them, you have to pick up the balls.' We had a good laugh about that last spring (when Francona was working for ESPN).
"I remember thinking, no 12-year-old should be able to hit a ball that far. Now ...