Let's get to the trots!
Home Run of the Day: Angel Pagan, San Francisco Giants - 14.73 seconds [video]
There may be no more unpredictable feat in baseball than the inside-the-park home run. In 2012, for example, there were already four inside-the-park home runs hit around the league by May 19. Meanwhile, here in 2013, we had to wait until May 25 for even our first one. But, boy, was it a doozy!
For the first time since 2004, a game ended on a walkoff-inside-the-park home run when this Angel Pagan drive to right-center field hit off the brick wall at AT&T Park and rattled around just enough for Pagan to book it on home. And, to top it off, the game-winner came in extra innings.
Pagan also had an inside-the-park home run while playing for the Mets in 2010. That trot, at 14.48 seconds, was the single-fastest trot recorded by the Tater Trot Tracker in its first year (and it still good enough for top ten fastest of all-time). Saturday's trot was a tick slower than the 2010 trot, but it was still top notch. Considering that the ball got to the catcher at about the same time that Pagan began his slide into the plate, there's a good chance that any slower trot would have ended up as an out at the plate. That's using your speed to your full advantage!no comments