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 12 months 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 unimaginable vitality with him to the plate, dancing and bobbing his head to no matter music the in-house DJ is enjoying, after which steps to the plate and obliterates baseballs into orbit. Being hosted at Coors Subject in Denver was a present to baseball followers, as 9 of the ten longest dwelling runs since StatCast started monitoring distances in 2016 occurred final night time. 4 of the 9 have been compliments of Alonso, all with distances measured at over 500 toes.
Not solely is he nice at hitting moon pictures, however he’s all New York, on a regular basis.
“All my music that was enjoying tonight was New York guys. Nas, Mobb Deep, and The Infamous B.I.G. I wished to set the vibe and simply symbolize for New York,” Alonso mentioned.
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After setting the file for essentially the most dwelling runs in a single spherical of the occasion with 35 in his first spherical, he defeated Trey Mancini within the remaining 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 dwelling runs with 55 RBI although the primary half of the season. What a outstanding comeback.
Alonso apparently didn’t care concerning the feel-good story, and simply wished to win in any case.
Profitable a number of Residence Run Derbys has solely been achieved 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 type and skill to make a baseball go actually actually far offers him an excellent basis to compete within the occasion yearly.
Pete Alonso and his two Residence Run Derby wins has netted him more cash than his rookie wage to this point in his enjoying profession.
Final night time was an thrilling spectacle. It was aggressive, it was full of life, there have been monstrous dwelling runs, Alonso danced his approach 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 approach to permit this type of character to point out when the video games matter, not simply when hitters are blasting batting observe pitches into orbit.