Bartolo Colon, the round man of the rubber, the portly pitcher, the full-set forty-something, hit his first career home run in a 19 year career last night at Petco Park, skying a pop-fly into the left-field corner beneath the Western Metal Supply, Co.
As you might imagine, Colon wasn’t exactly speedy going around the bases. His trot clocked in at 30.58 seconds, good enough for the 11th slowest trot of the Tater Trot Tracker era (and second slowest this year).
The half-minute trot is the slowest trot recorded by a pitcher, besting Tim Hudson’s 28.99 second trot from 2011. Colon also sets the mark for the slowest first career home run, beating Hector Sanchez of the Giants, who strolled home in 26.87 seconds on his first tater trot back in 2012.
After the game, Colon called the home run the biggest moment of his career. For many watching at home, we felt the same.