At least faster than anyone has during the Tater Trot Tracker Era. And it wasn’t even on a home run.
For those unfamiliar, Larry Granillo keeps track of the time it takes for players to circle the bases following home runs and houses all of that data over at the Tater Trot Tracker. He’s been doing it since 2010, but no one — save Billy Hamilton once in a Double-A game — has circumnavigated the basepaths as quickly as Dee Gordon did last night on the triple + error n the bottom of the third. He did it in 13.89 seconds according to Granillo.
Watch the triple here, in the second highlight:
Granted, one runs harder on an inside-the-parker or a triple + error than one does on a ball that goes over the fence, but this is still pretty damn impressive.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: