Tater Trot Tracker: September 12

St. Louis Cardinals batter Albert Pujols watches his first inning solo home run off Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson during their National League MLB baseball game in Atlanta, Georgia, September 12, 2010.  REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Home Run of the Day: Jason Giambi, Colorado Rockies (Trot Time: 20.57 seconds) [video]

Boy, this NL West race is getting super-tight. With the Giant’s 3-1 series victory over the Padres concluding yesterday, the two teams are in a virtual tie (though the Padres are up a game in the loss column). Adding onto that are the Colorado Rockies, who won their 10th game in a row yesterday off the walkoff bat of Jason Giambi. They are now only 1.5 games back. September promises to be another fun month in the life of the NL West.


(Click “Read More” to continue reading.)

Slowest Trot: Carlos Lee, Houston Astros – 25.31 seconds [video]

For some reason, the Royals-White Sox game was only broadcast on one channel yesterday – the White Sox channel. Why a major league ballclub wasn’t showing a Sunday afternoon baseball game against their division rival is beyond me, but it did mess with the Tater Trot Tracker. There were five home runs hit in that game, and the Chicago broadcast seemed to do it’s best not to show the players making it to home plate. Instead, the camera would pan to the crowd or to a White Sox player as the batter got anywhere near home plate. Because of that, a couple of home run trots that very well could have challenged for slowest trot of the day became unmeasurable (Paul Konerko‘s second and Andruw Jones‘ grand slam). As it is, Houston’s Carlos Lee easily takes home the crown with a 25.31 second trot.


Quickest Trot: Raul Ibanez, Philadelphia Phillies – 18.89 seconds [video]

Is it just me, or does Raul Ibanez look exactly like Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino? Has anyone ever seen them in the same room together? Just throwin’ it out there. (There were only two other measurable trots that came in under 20-seconds, from rookies Mike Stanton and Buster Posey).

Philadelphia Phillies batter Raul Ibanez reacts after he grounded out with the bases loaded against the New York Yankees in the fifth inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, June 15, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
44287, SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NEW JERSEY - Wednesday September 1, 2010. Jersey Shore Crew, Mike The situation and Pauly D head to the laundry and Gym. Photograph:  Wagner Az, PacificCoastNews.com

About Larry Granillo

Larry Granillo has been writing Wezen Ball since 2008 and has dealt with such touchy topics as Charlie Brown's baseball stats and Ferris Bueller's day off. In 2010, he got the bright idea to time every home run trot in baseball; he has been missing ever since.