Boog Powell's First Home Run Lands Near BBQ Station of Namesake

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 23, 2017

The Oakland Athletics have a Boog on their roster. The younger Powell evidently felt that a strong first impression was in order.

In Monday's opening game of the series between his A's and the host Orioles, Powell hit his first career homer in a loss, and the ball landed within feet of the elder Powell's barbeque stand just outside Camden Yards behind the right field bleachers. I prefer Illiad-naming convention in the style of the two Ajaxes (Ajaces?), with the older as Boog the Great and the younger as Boog the Lesser.

The 24-year-old Boog found his way back to the franchise that drafted him when he was re-acquired earlier this month in a swap for first baseman Yonder Alonso.

The home run ball was caught by a fan who returned the baseball to Powell.

What's more, the elder Boog Powell now runs a successful BBQ joint located inside of Camden Yards.

The fan tweeted images of himself handing the ball over to Powell, saying that he wished the rookie outfielder for Oakland many more home runs during his career.

The Athletics rookie, born Herschel Mack Powell IV in 1993, was nicknamed "Boog" by his parents when he was a child.

On the surface, there's nothing all that intriguing about the meeting of John Wesley Powell, 76, and Herschel Mack Powell, 24, other than their shared last names and professions; the former was a star for the Orioles in the 1960s and the American League MVP in 1970, and the latter now plays for the Athletics.

Powell had never played against the Orioles before Monday, even though Oakland traded him to American League East-rival Tampa Bay before the 2015 season and he was in big league camp with the Rays that season.

There are also plans to remotely connect with a third Boog Powell, a youngster named Jeffrey "Boog" Powell who plays for a Tennessee Little League team, during the meeting. They're sending a cart to take me to his barbecue; he asked what kind of meat I like so I think he's going to make something good.

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