Edwin Encarnacion hits lots of home runs.
For his career, the first baseman/third baseman/designated hitter has smacked 351 long balls, surpassing the 30-homer mark in each of his last six seasons – and during that stretch (2012-yesterday), Encarnacion’s 234 homers leads the Majors.
Of course, given his 6’1″ 230 lbs frame, you might expect him to be the sort of slugger he is, but, still … not every homer is done the easy way.
Sometimes, he rounds the bases on a live ball for a rare inside-the-parker (with a little help from a friend) …
Even though he missed the automatic homer by a few inches, Encarnacion lumbered around the bases for what has to be one of the slowest inside-the-park homer runs I’ve ever seen. Seriously, I mean, aside from the fact that Encarnacion is obviously quite slow, he watches the ball fly from the plate for a short time, before getting on his way.
He was able to make it, of course, because Angels’ left fielder Justin Upton has a bit of a brain fart and thinks the ball went foul – and we’re all happy he did – but still.
So, kids, if you’re watching at home, remember: this is why you finish every play until you hear a whistle (or something to that effect).