It was a big day for home runs yesterday, and I’m not just saying that because there were forty-two bombs hit around the league. No, it was a big day for home runs because there were a bunch of great home runs hit. Besides Seth Smith‘s walkoff knock in Colorado that completed a 9-run, 9th-inning for the Rockies, we also saw: a two home run day from Alex Rodriguez (including his 21st career grand slam); a two home run day from Ryan Zimmerman, whose second home run was also a walkoff (and whose first home run elicited the call of the day: “Zimmerman’s gonna send that one to Anaheim!”); the first career home run of Johan Santana, who hit it in the middle of a complete game, 3-0 shutout; and another walkoff home run, this time from Johnny Damon, who also hit his 2,500th career hit earlier in the game. Overall, a pretty great day.
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Johnny Damon would not have been able to be the hero of this game if it wasn’t for Miguel Cabrera, who crushed a bomb down the left field line to tie the game up earlier in the ninth. Cabrera had to watch the ball for a moment to see if it was going fair or foul, but that hardly explains the almost-top ten slowness of the trot. For that, I think you just have to look at Cabrera and his teammates after the ball goes out. It’s clearly a time to celebrate, and if that means taking a few extra seconds on the bases, that’s what needs to happen. Lance Berkman‘s 27.45 second trot comes in a close second, with a couple of 25-second trots from the likes of Vladimir Guerrero (25.95 secs) and Carlos Lee (25.07 secs) thrown in for good measure.
Mike Stanton (18.93 secs), Kosuke Fukudome (18.42 secs), and Martin Prado (18.0 secs) all gave us some good trots, but it was Josh Hamilton who topped them all with a very 17.93 second trot against the Indians. I know there were forty-two home runs hit yesterday, but it was still nice to see some quicker trots. There really is no guarantee that we’ll these kind of trots on a given day, even on a prolific day like yesterday – well, no guarantee, that is, unless Scott Rolen or Josh Hamilton happen to go yard.