Home Run of the Day: Jason Kubel, Minnesota Twins (Trot Time: 19.82 seconds) [video]
When you hit the first grand slam off of Mariano Rivera in eight years to help your team beat the Yankees in New York for the first time in three years, there’s just no doubt that you’re going to have the Home Run of the Day. Add in the fact that I kind of like the Twins and “kind of” dislike the Yankees, and it’s just so much better.
Kubel’s trot around the bases clocks in at 19.82 seconds. For a grand slam, especially one with such an emotional impact, that’s a pretty impressive trot time.
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Slowest Trot: Carlos Lee, Houston Astros – 26.36 seconds [video]
As big as Carlos Lee is, and as much as he likes to watch his home runs fly, you’d probably expect to see him on this leaderboard a little more often. I suppose that could be because this was only his third home run of the year. Who knows? There were no other notably slow trots on the day.
Quickest Trot: Scott Rolen, Cincinnati Reds – 17.87 seconds [video]
I know I’ve mentioned this many times before, but I just love the way Scott Rolen runs around the bases. And, no matter what, I’m still surprised to see the kind of trot speeds he puts up. He just doesn’t look like the kind of guy who was even capable of running the bases in under-18 seconds, but this is the second or third time he’s done so. Andres Torres of the San Francisco Giants ran out a very nice 18.21 second trot on his splash hit yesterday (video).
Picture courtesy of Amanda Rykoff’s Flickr account.