Sunday’s Nats win was insane in many ways, filled with beanballs, ejections, extra innings, bad feelings, and one extra-long home run trot.
In the eighth, [Wilson] Ramos walked to the plate 4 for his last 37 and drilled a three-run homer. “That,” he said, “was the pitch I’ve been waiting for.” He took an extra-slow trip around the bases. The homer came immediately after Danny Espinosa had been and the benches nearly emptied. After the game, Ramos said the trot had a purpose.
“I didn’t feel bad,” Ramos said. “I wanted to see those guys angry.”
So, just how angry? Let’s go to the videotape.
The kid is a deliberate trotter to begin with. When Ramos hit his first two home runs of the season against the Mets in late April, I timed his first home run trot at 23 seconds and his second home run trot at 24 seconds.
When he homered against the Orioles in late May, his trot was either 23 or 24 seconds, depending on whether you start the clock on contact or with the first step.
And against the Diamondbacks on Sunday? Well, it’s hard to see when his foot hits home plate on the video, but based on when and where he stops moving and points to the sky, the trot took either 27 or 28 seconds. That would indicate that Ramos slowed down his trot anywhere from 3 to 5 seconds, increasing his strolling time by as much as 22 percent. Bob Carpenter also reports that the Fox Sports Arizona announcers “took Wilson Ramos to task for his home run trot,” which sounds like fun.
(Yes, it’s early June in D.C. sports.)
Note: The Baseball Prospectus Tator Trot Tracker has Ramos’s three previous trots this season timed at 22.58, 23.99 and 23.81 seconds.