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August 7, 2012

Tater Trot Tracker

Bonds Passes Aaron

by Larry Granillo

Five years ago, this happened:

It was a special moment for Bonds and his family and—judging by the reaction of the AT&T Park crowd—for the Giants' fans as well. The rest of the baseball world? I'm not so sure. Too many things have happened since that day for there to be much, if any, goodwill left from the event that history told us would be a defining moment of our baseball fandom. Hopefully, a little historical perspective (and maybe a little drop in sanctimony) will change that.

For those wondering just how slow Bonds made his record-breaking trot—the man wasn't exactly known for his "swing hard, run hard" mentality—you can watch the uninterrupted trot here (see "Bonds Launches No. 756" under the Video heading). It's honestly not all that bad when you consider the full context of the situation. From the moment Bonds makes contact on the deep flyball to the moment he steps on home plate and looks upward, it takes 32.75 seconds. Most of that comes from Bonds standing at home plate in celebration, as he doesn't pass first base until nearly 11.5 seconds have ticked off. The rest of the trot comes at a pretty good clip, though he does seem to slow about halfway down the third base line before finally walking in his final steps.

Considering Hanley Ramirez took 30.3 seconds on a perfectly pointless trot back in July, a 32.75 second trot on the biggest home run in history is completely understandable. Hank Aaron took 24.88 seconds on his own milestone tater trot. Make of that what you will.

Other milestone trots (from Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey, Jr., and others) can be found here.

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