On Tuesday night, Mets reliever Jacob Rhame buzzed Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins with two fastballs over his head in the ninth inning of New York’s 9-0 win.
The two met again in the ninth inning on Wednesday night, only this time Rhame gave Hoskins something to hit. Which he did, high up into the night and out of the park. And then came the added dose of sweet MLB revenge: a 34.23-second home run trot, the slowest since the league began using Statcast in 2015.
Hoskins’s saunter around the bases was the first to top 30 seconds this season, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, and nearly six seconds slower than his previous slowest time of 28.88 seconds. His trot was even far slower than Bartolo Colon’s memorably languid 30.5-second trot in 2016 after he hit the lone home run of his career, as Anthony DiComo, also of MLB.com, noted.
Rhame, for his part, didn’t gripe about getting shown up by Hoskins.
“He got me. If I make a better pitch, he doesn’t get to run the bases,” he said.
It’s hard to tell where Hoskins’s journey ranks among the slowest home run trots of all time. There used to be a website called Tater Trot Tracker, but punching in that URL now takes you to a GoDaddy page that says the domain has expired and the Twitter feed has been inactive since 2017. A Google search tells us that David Ortiz — who had his share of relaxed strolls around the base paths — circled the bases in 32.91 seconds after a 2014 shot.
I also give you George Brett in the 1980 ALCS:
And this Cuban dude, who turned base running into delightful performance art:
Hoskins said his trot wasn’t about retaliation but rather about trying to spark the Phillies, who won Wednesday night for just the second time in seven games.
“A couple of guys kind of said the phrase, ‘Don’t poke the sleeping bear,' ” he said, per ESPN. “Seemed to be the last couple innings was a pretty good indication that may have happened.”
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