Can you tell a home run from a fly ball? Take our video quiz.

Can You Tell a Home Run From a Fly Ball, Based on the Batter’s Swing? Take Our Video Quiz.

Can You Tell a Home Run From a Fly Ball, Based on the Batter’s Swing? Take Our Video Quiz.

The stadium scene.
Oct. 25 2016 4:36 PM

It Might Be. It Could Be. It Is?

Can you tell a home run from a fly ball? Take our video quiz.

Dexter Fowler #24 of the Chicago Cubs watches as a home run ball hit by Matt Adams #32 of the St. Louis Cardinals lands over the centerfield wall during the seventh inning at Busch Stadium on May 23, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Dexter Fowler of the Cubs watches as a home run ball hit by Matt Adams of the Cardinals lands over the centerfield wall at Busch Stadium on May 23 in St. Louis.

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The ball is sailing deep—very deep. You jump out of your seat, pump your arms up and down, high-five everyone in a 10-mile radius … and the ball settles into an outfielder’s glove for a routine catch. We’ve all suffered the embarrassment of celebrating a potential home run prematurely. It’s tough to tell how far a ball will fly off the bat, and the varying dimensions of major-league ballparks make it all the more difficult to discern whether a towering fly ball will scrape over the wall. Some of us, though, are better than others at separating big flies from fly-ball outs. How do your homer-detecting skills compare to those of fellow fans? Take our video quiz below to find out.

Update, Oct. 26, 2016: Because of a technical problem, users on mobile devices won't be able to take the entire quiz.

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