That's it. I'm buying a tape measure. Originally, this postcard from Lakeland was about how I've always wanted to walk off a home run.

I wanted simply to determine the exact distance a gargantuan blast can travel when there's nothing to stop it.

During batting practice, Prince Fielder already has hit such a home run this spring.

Over the trees here means it probably would have been over the right-field roof at old Tiger Stadium. It had that kind of height and distance to it.

When I asked the ball retriever beyond the fence at the Tigertown diamonds which batter has hit the longest ball to right this spring, wondering also where it landed, he said "Prince" while pointing to a hose that was so far away it seemed absolutely unreachable.

So I walked it off.

But without a tape measure.