Tater Trot Tracker: September 9

June 26, 2010: Center fielder Colby Rasmus  of the St. Louis Cardinals rounds he bases after hitting a three-run homer in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Cardinals won 5-3.

Home Run of the Day: Colby Rasmus, St. Louis Cardinals #2 (Trot Time: 21.62 seconds) [video]

As we all know, there’s a little hostility in the Cardinals dugout between Colby Rasmus and Tony La Russa. It’s been talked about ad nauseam recently (we even talked about during the podcast the other night). So, when the brilliant Braves Organist asked what to play for Colby for his walkup music last night, I suggested John Mellencamp’s Authority Song. And he actually decided to use it!

I can only hope that hearing little John Cougar sing “I fight authority and authority always wins!” is what led to the big night from Rasmus (4-for-4 with 2 home runs).


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Slowest Trot: Pat Burrell, San Francisco Giants – 25.43 seconds [video]

I’m glad to see Burrell up here today because it gives me a good reason to mention that, in the midst of a tight playoff race between the Giants and the Padres, the Giants went into San Diego last night and clobbered four home runs off the vaunted San Diego pitching staff. That’s a pretty big statement from the San Francisco nine. We’ll see if they can keep it up for the rest of the four game series.

(I should make note of Andre Ethier‘s home run trot, that was interrupted when no one on the field seemed to know for sure if it was out or not. Ethier stopped at second base for about five seconds, as he waited for a clear sign from the ump. As I’ve stated before, when the runner stops like that, I do not count the trot.)


Quickest Trot: Will Venable, San Diego Padres – 17.65 seconds [video]

San Diego tried to counter back with a couple of home runs of their own, but it was too little, too late. Venable was easily the top trotter last night, though. The second fastest trot belonged to St. Louis’ Ryan Ludwick, who trotted around the bases in 19.23 seconds.

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.