David Ortiz Smiling

David Ortiz was even slower than we thought

There’s a wonderful update to the last week’s story about David Ortiz setting the record for slowest (non-injury) trot of the Tater Trot Tracker era.

Seriously, I’m beside myself with how excited this makes me.

In the initial post, I wrote:

The trot officially clocked in at 32.91 seconds — nearly 1.5 seconds slower than the previous slowest trot ever.

And that’s being generous! Because of the particular set-up of Fenway Park, there were no cameras to give a clear view of which foot touched home plate first. The 32.91 seconds assumes that Papi’s right foot is the one to reach the base first.

Now we know that I was, indeed, being generous with using the right foot in the official trot time. Thanks to a comment left by user bbliksteen8, we have video evidence that Papi touched home plate — and ended the longest trot on record — with his left foot. You can see it here:

David Ortiz slowest trot foot touch
With that evidence (which shows up at the 1:56 minute mark of this video), we can officially re-clock Papi’s record-breaking tater trot.  The official time on the slowest home run trot of the Tater Trot Tracker era is now 33.39 seconds.

That’s just about half-a-second longer than what was originally reported, and close to two seconds longer than the previous slowest ever trot.

I’ve always loved Big Papi. Now I love him a half-second more!

Larry Granillo

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.

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