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David Ortiz took almost 33 seconds to round the bases after his homer last night

Apr 10, 2014, 8:25 AM EDT

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Larry Granillo is the keeper of the Tater Trot Tracker, which keeps track of how long guys take on their home run trots. David Ortiz is one of the slowest trotters out there, but last night he took it to a new level, taking 32.91 seconds, setting an all-time record for a non-injured player. Or, at least, all-time since Larry has been keeping track. Go check out the trot and Larry’s analysis of it.

Papi is Papi so no one is gonna say anything about this (and he did have to watch to make sure the ball was fair given where he hit it) but if a young or unproven player trotted that slowly, you can imagine someone might get grumpy about it.

  1. crackerjack1 - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    “(and he did have to watch to make sure the ball was fair given where he hit it)”

    Even the fans weren’t sure for a good 10 seconds. You couldn’t even see for sure on the replay. Slow news day I guess.

    • rje49 - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:36 AM

      That’s right. The ball was hit so high and far that it was higher than the top of the foul pole, so Ortiz knew it was either a home run or nothing.

    • drewsylvania - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      I like Craig better when he’s not engaging in lazy trolling.

    • sabatimus - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      And Craig, NESN reported during the game that Ortiz has a slight calf injury, so your argument is less valid.

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Isn’t that home run crawl by Ortiz against the unwritten rules? I would not be surprised if someone eventually someone throws at him because of it.

    • voteforno6 - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      Someone needs to consult with Brian McCann for a definitive ruling.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        This weekend is going to be fun. I wonder if McCann will just set up directly behind the left-handed batter’s box while Ortiz is at bat. On the other hand, Ortiz is a whole lot bigger than Carlos Gomez.

    • deathmonkey41 - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      They should drill him- he’s a classless, egotistical, low-integrity d-bag, but he gets a pass because he’s “Big Papi”.

      • aceshigh11 - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:28 AM

        I knew you and ProudlyClueless would “weigh in” (get it? GET IT? Ortiz is FAT!) on this one.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        Teflon Papi

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      PC: It’s David Ortiz. He is above reproach.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:36 AM

        My mistake!

    • drewsylvania - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      Ortiz doesn’t run anymore–he jogs to first on every likely out. Probably due to his knees.

    • drewzducks - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      True, but I’d have to question if the Papi slo-trot or the Encarnacion “chicken wing” is more offensive.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Airplane wing.

      • drewzducks - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        I’d like it better if he used both arms.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        He only needs one wing both to fly and to hit one out.

  3. professor30 - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    That’s pretty quick considering it takes him almost that long to run out a ground ball.

  4. 18thstreet - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Josh Beckett’s pitching tonight. When anyone gets on base, it will take him 33 seconds to throw a single pitch. Slow home run trots bother me not at all.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      Whoops. Didn’t realize he pitched last night.

      • rollinghighwayblues - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:26 AM

        But Beckett did lay down a pretty sharp suicide squeeze last night with a 3-2 count.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        I think the game is still going on, Beckett is just between pitches.

  5. recoveringcubsfan - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Craig wrote this post to basically say that he endorses Yasiel Puig’s right to act like a twerp on the field. This has nothing to do with David Ortiz.

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      If Puig did what Ortiz did I’m pretty sure Bill Plaschke and your heads would have asploded.

  6. nolanwiffle - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    In fairness to Papi, 7 of those seconds were spent taking a selfie between third and home.

  7. ggallin4evr - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Not news. Go back to writing book reports.

  8. xpensivewinos - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Anyone watching him play (well, hit) who doesn’t think he’s injured, is crazy.

    The dude can barely walk.

    • buggieowens - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      But he certainly can trot…

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      Barely walk? Hyperbole much?

      He’s certainly not 100%, but I think he’ll be able to play through it.

  9. rjostewart - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    In fairness, he’s had a calf injury all season so far.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      A calf you say. Is that the real reason why he can’t moo(ve) very well?

      • bobwsc - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:59 AM

        flash your 8-pack bro.

      • 18thstreet - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        WHO GAVE THIS A THUMBS-DOWN?!

  10. nbjays - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    I’m pretty sure Kirk Gibson hobbled around the bases faster than that when he hit his walk-off against Eck in the 1988 Workd Series… on two bum legs. Of course, he did have grit…

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      You are correct. 28 seconds for Kirk – ball on bat at 0:41, touches home (through a mob) at 1:09

  11. weeniss - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Just run the bases. He didn’t earn anything

  12. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Maybe he just thought he saw a phone booth looking for revenge and it scared him for a moment…

  13. buckeye044 - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Dude needs more juice.

  14. ez4u2sa - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    So what? Does it really make a big difference if he gets around the bases a few seconds quicker? Really this is something to worry about if you have absolutely nothing else to worry about and need to worry about something!

    • stex52 - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      By the unwritten rules he just insulted the Rangers. We will see if they respond by the unwritten rules and deck a couple of players with pitches in the next game. I’m thinking not, but you never know.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        They can’t afford to have a pitcher thrown out of the game. Maybe Fielder can choreograph some home-plate performance, ala the Bowling Ball, as retaliation. Of course, if he did so it would be the first thing Fielder did for his team this season.

  15. dillongeeescapeplan - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    I’m guessing at least half the people in the comments didn’t even bother to watch it. The home run was barely fair and it was very difficult to tell from David’s angle. But hey, let’s not let facts get in the way of trolling.

  16. eagles512 - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Can’t stand him

  17. yahmule - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Bean. Him. Now.

    • stex52 - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      You need the sarcasm font, Yah.

  18. pisano - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    He’s just lucky Bob Gibson wasn’t on the mound the next time he came to bat, I’ll guarantee he’d be on his back. Gibson didn’t stand for that crap.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gibsobo01.shtml

      Did you know Bob Gibson never lead MLB in hit batsmen and that he only finished second in that statistic once?
      Did you know that he’s 79th on the all-time list of hit batsmen?
      Did you know that Greg Maddux hit 30 more batters than Bob Gibson did?
      Did you know that Bronson Arroyo’s next HBP will tie Gibson?

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        “Hit batsman” was not Gibson’s only weapon. The quote from him:

        Gibson: “It was said that I threw, basically, five pitches – fastball, slider, curve, change-up and knockdown. I don’t believe that assessment did me justice, though. I actually used about nine pitches – two different fastballs, two sliders, a change-up, knockdown, brushback and hit-batsman.”

  19. chip56 - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    I’ll never understand why this clown doesn’t get hit more.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Because the goal is to get batters out. It’s not a morality play. When you look at the list of players who get hit the most, it’s the guys who hang over the plate: http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/HBP_leagues.shtml

      And is there anything — anything at all — in Ortiz’s demeanor that suggests he’d be intimidated by getting hit?

      • chip56 - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        Actually, sometimes it is a morality play and to be quite frank, Ortiz standing at 1b clogging up the bases with a welt on his back is preferable to most results that come from pitching to him.

  20. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    No team that employs Prince Fielder can claim moral superiority when it comes to pimping home runs (even if the Rangers have yet to witness it first-hand).

  21. chaser44 - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Since when did David Ortiz do something that made him above Criticism? Why is it he is not allowed to be questioned about his show boating? why is he bigger than the game and the players before him who hustled because they are being paid ungodly amounts of money to play a game. I am sure this will be answered one day when he claims to not know english in front of a grand jury. He deserves to get hit everytime he does this until hegets it.

    • gymtruthteller - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      When he is really showboating say what you want but this time he was not show boating. He was looking for the ball and this article was clearly written by a bitter loser Yankee fan looking for something that was not there.

  22. gymtruthteller - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    The ball was lost in the sun. Ortiz spent time looking and if any of you had actually watched the game you would have seen Ortiz edging to the right for ten of those seconds trying to locate the ball. He was looking to see if it went foul.

    I am not a big fan of Ortiz or his antics but making stuff up like the garbage in this article is complete rubbish.

  23. mudhead123 - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    The article was written by a braves fan. Why do people assume it’s a Yankee fan when they bash steroid users. Isn’t your other argument that all Yankees used?

  24. hunnymoney - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Yeah, and isn’t it amazing that the Red Sox are the first ones to go apoplectic when an opposing player hits a home run and doesn’t run the bases like he’s in a timed 40 yard dash? Gotta’ love the double standards of the Boston fans…

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