As much as I’d rather put anyone else up here for Home Run of the Day, I don’t think I have much of a choice. Derek Jeter hit an inside-the-park home run in Yankee Stadium – that’s the Home Run of the Day.
It’s the 14th inside-the-parker already this year, which not only seems high – it is high. I talk a little bit about it over here. Jeter’s trot was a respectable, middle-of-the-pack time (7th of 14). Watching him run, though, it seemed pretty obvious that it was the fastest he could muster. If he were to hit another one this year (like Tony Gwynn, Jr., did, though very unlikely, since his last inside-the-parker was in 1996), I doubt we’d see an increase in speed. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. The Captain took full advantage of the situation, and hustled himself around to score. That’s about all you can ask for out of a player.
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It’s not really a surprise to see Adam Dunn on top of the slowest home run board for the day, but, at 24.12 seconds, it seems kind of unfair. On most days, that kind of time from Dunn wouldn’t even warrant a mention. But with only 19 home runs across the league last night, an unremarkably slow trot is all that was needed. Seattle’s Franklin Gutierrez had the second slowest trot of the day, at 24.09 seconds.
We’ve talked enough about this above (and last night), so I won’t say anything more about Jeter’s inside-the-parker. It should also be noted that Alex Rodriguez hit his 599th career home run last night, which means there’s a very good chance we’ll see number 600 this weekend. Besides Jeter, the only two trots to come in at under 20-seconds last night belonged to Texas’ Michael Young, at 18.36 seconds, and San Francisco’s Andres Torres, at 17.98 seconds. On a night with such few home runs, that’s a pretty nice haul of quick trots.