Before the march of the baseball season puts Adam Dunn's 460-foot home run in the rear view mirror, let's take a quick tour of the longest homers hit by the White Sox since the start of the 2008 season. Click on each header for the Hit Tracker Online data:
No. 4(t): Jim Thome -- 460 feet, July 17, 2009
This grand slam caused the Gentleman Masher to max out his vertical.
No. 4(t): Adam Dunn -- 460 feet, Aug. 13, 2012
We're lucky Tom Paciorek was on hand for this one. Steve Stone doesn't allow himself to become temporarily unhinged.
No. 2(t): Jim Thome -- 464 feet, Sept. 30, 2008
(Video link, as embedded videos from 2008 sometimes don't cooperate)
Ron Darling, TBS' color commentator for Game 163, described the enormity of this home run with a single line: "That's where the men hit it."
No. 2(t): Paul Konerko: 464 feet, Sept. 22, 2009
While Konerko's national profile has grown in recent years, there are some who qualify his power numbers by making note of his historically home-heavy splits. This one would go out anywhere.
No. 1: Jim Thome: 471 feet, June 4, 2008
When you look at the final point on the track, you can just picture the margarita vendor lying on the ground with a massive foreheadburger. For some reason, they decided to continue playing this game, and Konerko eventually won it with a walk-off against his longtime whipping boy Jimmy Gobble.