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When Does A Home Run Trot Become A Race?

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Sep. 28, 2007 at 11:18 pm with No Comments »
September 28, 2007 11:18 pm

Ah, rookies.

Jeff Clement hit a game-winning home run against the Texas Rangers on Friday, helping Seattle win it’s 86th game of the season, and then got to enjoy what comes with doing such things in the major leagues.

"It’s a tradition, I guess, after things like that to get a beer shower," Clement said.

What, exactly, is a beer shower?

"You sit on the floor in the showers and everybody pours beer on you," he said.

With two games left to their season, the Mariners are having fun as a team, with veterans and rookies alike playing hard and enjoying themselves afterward.

If Clement got the beer shower, shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt got the biggest post-game laughs – and earned them.

When any Mariners ends a game with a walk-off hit this year, teammates have raced on the field and all but pummeled him with joy. Betancourt has been at the bottom of such piles more often than most.

So when Clement hit his home run to center field, Betancourt shot out of the dugout and sprinted toward second base – he thought Clement’s ball was a double, not a home run.

When Clement got to second base and turned toward third, Yuni stayed right on pace a few steps behind him, while all the other Mariners waited for Clement at the plate.

Betancourt was still in pursuit when the two men got to third base, where coach Carlos Garcia stopped Betancourt.

It was the most unusual home run trot in Safeco Field history – one man trotted, the other sprinting around the bases trying to catch him.

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