I would really like to honor Shin-Soo Choo‘s three home run night here with the Home Run of the Day, but I don’t really have an option. Alex Rodriguez hit his second home run of the night with two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning with the Yankees down two. After watching a pitch that everyone in the city of Baltimore was sure was strike three go by for ball two instead, A-Rod quickly took the next pitch into the bleachers to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead. Mariano Rivera would come in to shut it down.
Rodriguez must have been feeling a bit slow yesterday. His second-inning solo home run clocked in at 26.12 seconds.
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A-Rod may have had a 28-second trot to take the Slowest Trot crown, but it was by no means a blowout. Victor Martinez was hot on his heels – is that the right expression when talking about the slowest runners? – with his 27.92 second trot. Carlos Lee also gave us a 26.95 second trot to admire. In fact, this was only the third day all year where we had five different trots take longer than 25.5 seconds (and fourth day where we had four trots of longer than 26 seconds). Must have been something in the weather.
But as top-heavy as we were with the slow trots, we still did pretty well with the quick ones. Of 32 home runs hit across the league, eight were quicker than 20 seconds (and three were quicker than 19 seconds). The top spot goes to Baltimore’s Robert Andino, who was running out his first trot of the year. Jason Heyward, at 18.55 seconds, and Austin Jackson, at 18.65 seconds, were close behind.