The 22 Cockiest Home Run Rituals in Major League Baseball
The home run is the most spectacular event to witness in a baseball game.
It is a moment where everyone stops, turns and marvels. Fans, coaches, teammates and the hitters themselves take a moment to appreciate the distance that the ball travels.
Sometimes however, the players get a little too showy about them.
From flipping a bat, to nodding to the dugout, to pointing to the sky, some players are a bit too cocky about hitting a home run. It's a big deal to hit a home run, but for players that do it once or twice a week, you'd think they'd be used to it by now.
Though I will say it is better for established home run hitters to trot. I can't think of anything more annoying to see a guy who hits three a year try to milk it for all it is.
With that I present the 22 cockiest home run trots.
(Apologies for not having accompanying videos, they are available on the MLB website)
Jose Bautista favors the over-extended follow through following a no-doubter. He watches the majestic flight of the ball for a few seconds before he decides to actually round the bases.
As a home run hitter of his caliber, it's hard to fault him, but it also happens kinda frequently.
After the ball leaves the bat, Fielder drops the bat on the follow through and admires his work. Afterwards, he trots as fast as he can (which isn't very fast) around the bases.
I guess it's good for Fielder to homer as he won't tire himself out around the bases.
Sandoval uses a similar style to Fielder, likely because of their similar body shape.
On a left-handed homer, Sandoval swings with all his might and upon connection, waits three to four seconds to follow the path of the ball.
On his way around the bases, it takes him upwards of 20 seconds to make the complete circuit.
Matt Kemp is a newer member to the trot community, but this year, given his success, I suppose he's "earned it."
Kemp holds the bat on the extended follow through and then points with the bat in the direction of the home run.
I call this the reverse "called shot." The trot itself contains only a hint of swagger, but the follow through is what lands him on this list.
Rangers hitters get infinitely more chances to trot because of the weather.
Nelson Cruz swings and begins to walk slowly around the bases while watching the flight of the ball. Cruz does everything in one fluid motion, swing follow through, trot. So graceful.
Mark Reynolds really has to get his money's worth when he hits a home run because he doesn't get on base too often.
Reynolds prefers the wild follow through with the emphatic dropping of the bat. He watches the flight while he begins to trot to first.
Once the ball lands, Reynolds is rather light-footed rounding the bases.
Cano joined the cocky trot club over the past few years. I suppose playing for the Yankees in the launching pad that is the New Yankees Stadium couldn't hurt either.
Robinson frequently freezes when he hits the home run, almost like he is in Heisman position before he rounds the bases.
Carlos Pena uses the strong follow through, bat drop, slow trot.
That sounds like an interesting rap lyric.
Cabrera holds on to his bat on the follow through and usually waits on the plate while he watches the ball land.
Occasionally, the tongue makes an appearance somewhere between home and first.
Soriano really likes to make the most of his homers. The extended follow through with the bat point and the heavily over embellished trot from home to first.
Despite A-Rod being A-Rod, his follow through and trot aren't over exaggerated. Instead, the one vexing part of his home run ritual is his intent to always stare into the dugout following a home run.
I don't really get it, but I suppose that's just A-Rod being A-Rod.
Ryan Howard, hitter that he is, still manages to over milk the home run trot.
After the follow through, he drops the bat and marches, arms flat to first base.
I think Mike Stanton's natural big looping swing makes his home run response seem more exaggerated than it really is.
He has a big follow through, and with a dainty bat drop, it at least appears like Stanton is really taking all he can from the moment.
That's how it appears.
Pujols is the kind of player that I don't mind the trotting, but Pujols does exaggerate everything about a home run.
He has a long follow through and slowly trots, holding the bat for a few steps before he throws down the bat with authority before rounding the bases.
The quintessential home run trot. Marveling at one's own greatness, yes David Ortiz invented that, he is the cockiest home run hitter in baseball.
Apologies for the Dos Equis plug.
Seriously though, if you've seen any of his home runs, you know what I mean.
Tulowitzki goes with the home run hop.
After swinging and watching, he takes a miniature bunny hop over the plate before he trots the bases.
Braun only goes through the celebrations when he knows its gone. When it is, he takes huge follow through, throws the bat down and runs with his head down.
Even before the ball makes it over the fence, he's got his eyes hidden.
It's interesting as most players like to watch the ball leave the yard.
Mike Napoli kind of stands at attentions after hitting a bomb. He adjusts his body to the exact location of the baseball after it is hit.
He watches it slide into the seats before trotting round the bases.
Carlos Lee channels a little Mark McGwire on his home run celebration.
He follows through with only a single hand, takes a few seconds to admire the ball and then "running" round the bases.
Hanley Ramirez has a unique celebration.
He holds the bat behind him, frozen for about three seconds until he is sure that the ball is gone, then like it's nobody's business, he nonchalantly trots round the bases.
Torii Hunter goes the with the back swing throw aside. He swings through, and then as he brings back the bat, flips it onto the ground while standing on the plate.
He uses his swing momentum to carry him a few steps down the line before embarking on his round trip journey.
J-Roll likes the lean back.
You know, where you lean back while watching the flight of the ball to make it look like it's higher than it really is.