Rhys Hoskins homered off reliever Jacob Rhame and taunted him with a slow jog around the bases a night after Rhame buzzed him with two fastballs, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 6-0 on Wednesday.

It took Hoskins 34.23 seconds to round the bases, the slowest trot in the majors this season. His previous slowest time around the bases this season was 23.82 seconds.

“He got me,” Rhame said after the game when asked about the home run. “[If I] make a better pitch, he doesn’t get to run the bases.”

Added Mets manager Mickey Callaway: “I really don’t have any thoughts on it. That’s their team. They can do what they wanna do. I’m not really worried about what they do.”

Hoskins has five career home runs at Citi Field, his most at any visiting ballpark and tied for the most by any visiting player since his debut in 2017.

“If a ball goes over your head the night before, the best way to get back at the pitcher is by putting the ball in the seats,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “So I thought it was worthy of him having that moment and really taking it all in, soaking it all in. He deserved that.”

Hoskins said the leisurely jog wasn’t about retaliation, but he didn’t mind giving a jolt to the struggling Phillies.

“A couple of guys kind of said the phrase, ‘Don’t poke the sleeping bear,'” he said. “Seemed to be the last couple innings was a pretty good indication that may have happened.”

Major League Baseball should just let go of tradition, and have more players doing stuff like this. It’s really not that serious, they play a game for a living.  

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