The Residence Run Derby must be performed on the South Pole yearly, as a result of clearly it’s the pure habitat of the Polar Bear, Pete Alonso. After a yr with out the derby (thanks COVID), Alonso was again to defend his 2019 crown, and boy did he.
The man is constructed for this occasion. He brings unbelievable vitality with him to the plate, dancing and bobbing his head to no matter tune the in-house DJ is taking part in, after which steps to the plate and obliterates baseballs into orbit. Being hosted at Coors Area in Denver was a present to baseball followers, as 9 of the ten longest residence runs since StatCast started monitoring distances in 2016 befell final night time. 4 of the 9 have been compliments of Alonso, all with distances measured at over 500 ft.
Not solely is he nice at hitting moon photographs, however he’s all New York, on a regular basis.
“All my music that was taking part in tonight was New York guys. Nas, Mobb Deep, and The Infamous B.I.G. I needed to set the vibe and simply signify for New York,” Alonso said.
After setting the report for essentially the most residence runs in a single spherical of the occasion with 35 in his first spherical, he defeated Trey Mancini within the ultimate spherical to defend his title. It was an epic show. Additionally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give the largest tip of the cap ever to Mancini, who was identified with stage three colon most cancers in March of 2020, accomplished his chemotherapy in October, returned to the Orioles this spring, and has 16 residence runs with 55 RBI although the primary half of the season. What a exceptional comeback.
Alonso apparently didn’t care concerning the feel-good story, and simply needed to win anyhow.
Successful a number of Residence Run Derbys has solely been performed by three different gamers — Ken Griffey Jr. (3), Prince Fielder (2), and Yoenis Céspedes (2). The fun-loving polar bear ought to make an look within the occasion yearly, and his dead-pull energy hitting fashion and skill to make a baseball go actually actually far offers him basis to compete within the occasion yearly.
Pete Alonso and his two Residence Run Derby wins has netted him more money than his rookie wage to this point in his taking part in profession.
Final night time was an thrilling spectacle. It was aggressive, it was full of life, there have been monstrous residence runs, Alonso danced his option to a Residence Run Derby championship, and main league baseball gamers really appeared like they have been having enjoyable. The sport has to discover a option to enable this type of persona to indicate when the video games matter, not simply when hitters are blasting batting apply pitches into orbit.