A good crop of choices for Home Run of the Day yesterday. Jim Thome hit a ball so hard it bounced off the top of the flag pole. Washington Danny Espinosa hit his second and third home runs of his career, the second of which was a grand slam that bounced off the facade of the second deck in right field. But I’m going with Mike Stanton‘s ridiculous blast to the second deck at Citizens Bank Park in the second game of the double-header. He had already hit a shot in the first game. I still don’t what to say about him other than “The kid is damn good.”
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For the second day in a row, Hanley Ramirez takes advantage of a glacially slow trot from a Boston slugger to squeak by the Slowest Trot of the Day mantle. Yesterday, it was Victor Martinez; today, it’s Papi. Hanley’s trot came in at 26.81 seconds. Yadier Molina was third, with a 25.73 second grand slam trot.
I mentioned him up top, but it really was nice to see Espinosa have his multi-homer day to give him his second and third home runs ever. The first was a shot off the opposite field foul pole that fooled the cameraman so much he initially followed the ball down the wrong line. His second trot may have been just as quick, but it was a grand slam and he was greeted by teammates at the plate, forcing him to put on the brakes at the end. Still, a pretty sweet day for the rookie.