There always have been swings at baseballs in Major League games that indicated the player was intent on hitting a home run.

But it seems there are home run types of swings more often today. And there seems to be more batters who are striking out.

The home run is a major thrill in big league baseball. It’s a thrill at any level of the game.

Even pitchers are swinging for the seats. Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez hit his first home run in his career this past Wednesday in a game against the Chicago White Sox. Any hit by a pitcher is an extra thrill to the player, his teammates and the fans. It was very special to the emotional Martinez, who is the leader in the dugout in recognizing home runs and big plays.

Does a home run equal the thrill when a pitcher hurls a perfect or no-hit game? Depends on the individual!