Big Papi would like it if I shut up about his slow tater trots for once.
The season began with Corey Hart sitting on the bench while 95-year old Jim Edmonds took his spot in right field. The Brewers just didn't seem to believe in Hart anymore. That's not the case anymore, as his home run binge in May and June, and this walkoff blast off of Pittsburgh closer Octavio Dotel that gave the Brewers the sweep and a semblance of respectability heading into the All-Star break, gives Hart 21 home runs on the year, good enough for third in the NL and 6th in the majors. He'll be competing in tonight's Home Run Derby and starting in the Midsummer Classic tomorrow. All pretty surprising from a guy the Brewers didn't seem to want anything to do with in March.
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Is it the heat that's causing everyone to slow down on the basepaths this week, or are they all just looking ahead to the Break already? With twenty-five homers hit yesterday afternoon, only one came in faster than twenty seconds. There were also five trots that clocked in at 25+ seconds, with Papi's blast easily taking the cake (Jose Guillen, 27.67 seconds, and Matt Holliday, 26.7 seconds, were the next slowest). Of course, as you can see from the sidebar on the right, it's not the heat or anything special slowing Ortiz down. He just likes to enjoy himself after hitting a home run. I suppose I can't blame him.
As I said, there was only one trot from all of yesterday afternoon to come in under 20-seconds, and it belonged to San Diego's Everth Cabrera. Alexei Rios was a close second, though, coming in at 20.01 seconds. Hopefully the rest everyone gets this week during the All-Star break will freshen their legs up. Quick trots are so much more fun to watch (generally).