MLB: 5 Most Obnoxious Home-Run Gloaters of All Time
Every player reacts differently after hitting a homer.
In last weekend’s Angels-Tigers game, Carlos Guillen stared down his home run—and Angels pitcher Jered Weaver. Weaver’s next pitch almost hit Tigers catcher Alex Avila in the head, which earned Weaver an early shower and a six game suspension.
Throughout the game’s history, there have been several obnoxious home run gloaters, all having a unique way of celebrating their bomb.
Here are the five most obnoxious home run gloaters ever.
5. Brett Boone
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Bret Boone only had a couple of seasons in which he hit a lot of homers, but he let you know he was proud of his dinger.
Boone would flip his bat after every shot in a way that would disgust a Little League umpire.
Luckily for pitchers, Boone’s home run tear only lasted two seasons.
4. David Ortiz
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David Ortiz probably has the laziest home run trot in the game today.
After Big Papi hits a homer he holds his bat and watches the ball sail. He is in no rush to run around the bases, having been timed as the slowest around the bases in the league.
3. Sammy Sosa
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When Slammin’ Sammy Sosa hit a home run he knew it and he made you know it as well.
Sosa would stare down his dinger then do his patented hop right after the swing.
His home run hop was especially obnoxious in 1998, when he hopped around a total of 66 times on the year.
2. Jeffrey Leonard
Jeffrey Leonard had one of the most memorable home run trots in the history of the game.
After belting one out, Leonard would run around the bases with “one flap down." One arm would hang limp while the other would be in a traditional running position.
Leonard’s “one flap down” trot was definitely one of a kind.
1. Rickey Henderson
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Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson may be the biggest home run gloater ever.
Henderson would take a wide turn around first base and also take his sweet time rounding the bases.
He also had a certain swag and aura about him, which undoubtedly didn’t help his cause.