Home Run of the Day: Carlos Pena, Houston Astros - 26.92* seconds [video]
A monster of a home run for Pena as the Astros walkoff against the Brewers in the tenth inning. The remarkable thing about this trot isn't how slow it feels, but the fact that it's a) only the third slowest trot of the day and b) not even the slowest trot from an Astro on the day!
Today is the 10th anniversary of Miguel Cabrera's Major League debut. What did he do that day? Not much, just hit a walkoff home run (it was his first big league hit). The trot? ~20.64 seconds. In the three-plus years of the Tater Trot Tracker, Cabrera's fastest timed trot was 20.93 seconds (hit this year).
Now on to the trots!
Home Run of the Day: Chris Davis #2, Baltimore Orioles - 24.48 seconds [video]
Twenty-six home runs for Davis already this year. Twenty-six. This one landed somewhere in Canda, I think.
Home Run of the Day: Jonny Gomes, Boston Red Sox - 24.36 seconds [video]
It's taken long enough, but someone has finally revolutionized the walkoff celebration. No longer are we forced to sit through a bunch of men jumping up in a circle as their teammate races down the line and drops his helmet. Well, we do have to sit through most of that - but now, thanks to Jonny Gomes' innovation in the nightcap of yesterday's Tampa Bay/Boston doubleheader, we get a nice new addition to it. As Gomes rounded third and raced home to secure Boston's victory, he removed the helmet from his head, held it in front of him and drop-kicked it high into the sky. All while continuing his trot!
Not even Bob Costas could see this as a sign of decline in western civilization. In fact, this is clearly an improvement in civilization. Nice work, Jonny Gomes!
Let's get right to today's trots! Trots from Saturday and Sunday will be coming soon.
Home Run of the Day: Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves - 23.3 seconds [video]
A walkoff home run at 1:30 in the morning is impressive even if a three-hour rain delay is the only reason for the late night. Though, of course, Bob Costas probably took it as another example of the end of the world.
Oh, and that Giancarlo Stanton kid did pretty well last night. Two bombs in Chase Field.
A quick look at the 14 trots around the majors on Friday.
Home Run of the Day: Chris Young, Oakland Athletics - 21.68 seconds [video]
Jay Bruce had the walkoff home run for the Reds out in Cincinnati, but this bomb from Chris Young at the Coliseum is the one we'll remember.
Now on to the (disappointing in comparison) trots!
Home Run of the Day: Robinson Cano, New York Yankees - 20.91 seconds [video]
There aren't a lot of home runs to choose from with only 11 home runs hit around the league on Thursday. We'll give this one to Robinson Cano, though, because his was hit in the service of an 18 inning game (in which the Yankees went 17 straight innings without scoring a run after this first-inning shot).
Thanks to the brilliant internet sleuthing of Carson Cistulli and Grant Brisbee, we have been blessed with the emergence of this video of Cuba's star slugger Alfredo Despaigne. I can't do it justice. You'll have to watch.
So now you know why I made you watch that video. It's because of this.
Seriously. That's how you celebrate a home run. David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez and Bobby Abreu should be taking notes here.
Because a home run like that deserves more than just a simple number, here's the breakdown of Despaigne's trip around the bases:
Time spent sl-o-o-o-o-o-w-l-y admiring the flight of the ball before beginning to trot: 8.58 seconds
Time to first base once he begins to run: 4.88 seconds
Time to second base: 6.79 seconds
Time to third base: 6.94 seconds
Time to home plate and his magically upright bat: 7.26 seconds
Total time of Despaigne's tater trot: 34.45 seconds
It's been a few days since we've last had an update here, so let's not waste any time and get right to the trots!
Home Run of the Day: Brandon Moss #1, Oakland Athletics - N/A seconds [video]
Technically, this trot doesn't count. Thanks to the way Ichiro played the ball in right field - he actually ran in towards the infield as if he thought the ball was an easy catch - the runner at first (Josh Reddick) waited at first to tag up. Of course, the ball actually ended up out of the park so everyone was free to trot. Moss, however, had to stop and stand still while Reddick waited to tag before finishing his trot. As is the case with all interrupted trots, Moss's 25.6 second trot doesn't actually count.
Home Run of the Day: Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals - 24.86 seconds [video]
Tied at four at the end of nine innings, the Cardinals somehow won this game 11-4 in ten innings. This grand slam from Matt Holliday in the tenth had a lot to do with that.