Yesterday, I mentioned how it seemed like every player who got snubbed by the All-Star selections Sunday morning got their revenge that afternoon with at least one home run – everybody except Joey Votto. I didn’t realize at the time, though, that Votto only had one at-bat on Sunday because he was later tossed from the game. So yesterday was his first full game since he found out that he wasn’t selected for the All-Star game, and he responded as many of us hoped he would, by slugging two home runs in New York and taking over the NL lead. His first was even memorable to see, as it went over the fence in straight-away centerfield and landed on the Mets’ home run apple. That’s leaving an impression.
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Last week, we had Aubrey Huff taking home the “slowest home run of the day” title on consecutive days. Today it looks like we have Russell Branyan, who had the slowest home run trot of the day on both Sunday and Monday. Not that the Mariners or their fans are complaining, though. They traded for Branyan to slug home runs, and that’s what he’s doing. He can take all the time he wants to circle the bases as long as he keeps clearing the wall.
Besides Joey Votto, two unlikely players hit multiple home runs yesterday: Cleveland’s Jayson Nix and Boston’s Eric Patterson. Normally, a feat like that would probably warrant a Home Run of the Day status, but not today. Patterson, at least, can settle for having the quickest trot of the day. His first home run trot of the night clocked in at 19.91 seconds, which isn’t too bad. The second, though, came in at 17.88 seconds. Chicago’s Kosuke Fukudome had the next quickest trot of the night with an 18.64 second trot at Wrigley Field.