Tater Trot Tracker: September 26

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) slaps hands with teammate Ryan Hanigan (29) after hitting a 2-run home run against the San Diego Padres in the 6th inning during their MLB National League baseball game in San Diego, California September 26, 2010.  REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Home Run of the Day: Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers (Trot Time: 22.81 seconds) [video]

Sure, there were more important or dramatic home runs hit yesterday (Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, and Melvin More all spring to mind), but I have to take a moment and give the Home Run of the Day to Prince Fielder. Yesterday was most likely his final game in front of Brewers fans as a member of the team, so it was only fitting that he ended the day with a walk and a home run. The home run was on the back end of a back-to-back with Ryan Braun.

Prince’s eighth inning at-bat, with the Brewers up 7-1, was essentially a prolonged ovation. The crowd (of which I was definitely a part) stood and cheered as he walked to the plate, booed the Marlins as they walked him on four (maybe five) pitches, and then cheered even louder and longer when, upon reaching first, Ken Macha lifted him for a pinch-runner. The ovation garnered a curtain call from Prince after he reached the dugout. It was a special day, and Prince’s home run just made it that much better.


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Slowest Trot: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers – 25.54 seconds [video]

“Might as well just give him the MVP right now. He’s earned it!” – Detroit announcers after Miggy’s home run yesterday…


Quickest Trot: Chris Heisey, Cincinnati Reds – 18.7 seconds [video]

Always nice to see Chris Heisey go yard, as his trots can, at times, be just as exciting as Adam Rosales. This wasn’t the case yesterday, but the 18.7 second trot was still enough to win Quickest Trot of the day.

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.