Thursday, April 10, 2014

Video: David Ortiz may have shattered record for slowest home run trot



David Ortiz has been around the block a time or two. This much is true.

Over the course of his 18-year career, the Red Sox slugger has smashed over 400 home runs, one of which came in the eight inning of Wednesday's game against the Rangers.

As a seasoned veteran, Ortiz has earned the right to enjoy his trip around the bases after a home run. But his latest trot may have taken the most time in MLB history. Yes, seriously.

According to Tater Trot Tracker, Big Papi's latest home run trot was the slowest ever recorded by a player who wasn't injured. The 38-year-old circled the bases in a relaxed time of 32.91 seconds, which is nearly 1.5 seconds slower than the previous record set by Bobby Abreu (31.56 seconds) back in 2012. Considering it was likely the last home run of his career, Abreu had good reason to enjoy the trip.

It should be noted that part of the time Ortiz spent trotting the bases was watching to see if the ball stayed fair down the line. But there is something to be said for taking longer to touch 'em all than anyone ever has before.

Do your thing, Big Papi.

Via Bleacher Report

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