Originally written on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 7/26/12
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The rest of Wednesday's trots will be up later this afternoon. This was just too good to pass up...

"Home Run" of the Day: Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers - 18.75*** seconds [video]
Let me just warn you: you're not going to believe it if you don't watch the video. Leading off the top of the first inning against Philadelphia on Wednesday, Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez launched a ball down the leftfield line. There was no doubt on the distance and, apparently, no doubt on the trajectory in Gomez's mind; he knew he had a home run, so he put his head down and started racing around the bases.

About six seconds into the trot, however, it became clear to everyone in the park that the ball was indeed foul. Everyone except Gomez. As Brewers announcer Brian Anderson was saying "Foul ball!", Gomez was preparing to round second base (he's always been a fast trotter). He continued his trot through third base while Ty Wigginton tried to tell him the ball was foul. Gomez didn't seem to hear anything until well down the third base line, though, when he finally turned to look at his teammates in the dugout. As he figured out what had happened, he slowed down, finally stopping and taking his bat from the batboy. On the next pitch, he struck out.

None of the available camera angles show exactly where Gomez was when he stopped his trot. He didn't change speed until halfway down the line, but he slowed down considerably once he understood the situation. I stopped the clock once Gomez took the bat from the batboy's hands. If I had to guess, I'd say that his trot ended there with Gomez at the edge of the home plate circle on the third base side, approximately three steps from the plate. It was a pretty funny moment to leadoff the game—even the Philly crowd seemed to like it—but I find myself sad that Gomez never actually touched home plate. What a wasted opportunity!

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