Home Run of the Day: Jason Varitek, Boston Red Sox (Trot Time: 20.75 seconds)
I had a tough time deciding which home run to put here. Ryan Howard’s blast off Brandon Lyon was huge, bouncing high up on the wall (above the arches) in left-centerfield in Houston and had every right to be here. But I’m going with Varitek because, not only was it his second homer of the game, but it was caught – on the fly, from what I can tell – by a ten-year old kid wearing a Red Sox jersey. And it’s not like he was in a sea of red, he wasn’t; he was the only person wearing any Sox gear in that section. That’s got to be pretty exciting for that kid.
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Slowest Trot: Mark Reynolds, Arizona Diamondbacks – 25.88 seconds
Yadier Molina also hit a home run yesterday – and, believe me, I was there – but he wasn’t the slowest trot of the day. It actually looked like he tried to run fast around the bases. The slowest trot belonged to Mark Reynolds, whose shot might have been even bigger than Ryan Howard’s. Reynolds’ homer flew into the Friday’s Front Row restaurant in Chase Field’s second level. That’s the type of blast that you might expect certain players to watch for a moment…
Quickest Trot: Brad Hawpe, Colorado Rockies – 18.69 seconds
Hawpe’s second home run of the day, to nearly the same place as the first, accounted for the quickest trot of the night. Chicago’s Jeff Baker also posted a sub-19 second home run trot, but his was just a tad slower than Hawpe’s.