Vladimir Guerrero Jr. elected to not take part on this yr’s Dwelling Run Derby, which was a little bit of a bummer as a result of all of us wished to see him crush baseballs by means of Denver’s altitude (he saved that for the actual All-Star Game).
However that didn’t imply that he wasn’t closely centered on Monday’s epic Dwelling Run Derby.
The primary spherical between the Nationals’ Juan Soto and Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani went into two tiebreaker rounds. The primary tiebreaker was an additional minute whereas the second tiebreaker was restricted to 3 swings.
There was quite a bit driving on these three swings, however earlier than Soto went 3 for 3 within the swing-off, Guerrero appeared to be the one to supply some essential recommendation to the 22-year-old.
We mic’d up Shohei Ohtani and Juan Soto within the #HRDerby and so they did not disappoint.
— MLB (@MLB) July 14, 2021
In mic’d-up MLB video from the Dwelling Run Derby, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Guerrero gave Soto a pep speak earlier than that last swing-off. Guerrero stated (translated to English):
“It’s three swings. Take your time. Growth. You hit it. Take your time, breathe and get again to it. Don’t simply swing. Take your time.”
After which Tatis completed it off with “in sluggish movement!”
Hey, it was strong recommendation, and Soto took it to coronary heart. He selected the precise three pitches he wished to drive and put the strain on Ohtani with the right tiebreaker spherical. Ohtani would get eradicated on his first swing.
However general, that was a superb take a look at the pleasant ambiance between the sport’s greatest stars in Denver. You like to see that.
In fact, no participant might cease the Mets’ Pete Alonso and the real MVP … his BP pitcher Dave Jauss.