Last night I watched the Home Run Derby and it made me want to break out my video game. Those guys were hitting bombs last night. My MLB video game has a home run derby in it and if you hit so many in a row you power up. That’s what it seemed like last night but with real people. New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso won the million dollar top prize by out hitting Toronto rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 23-to-22 in the finals in Cleveland.
In the first round Oakland A’s Matt Chapman needed 30 homers before he swung a bat to advance to the next round. He managed to hit just 13. I say just 13 I can’t reach the warning track.
Guerrero Jr. had 40 bombs in the second round to Joc Pederson’s 39 in a triple swing-off tiebreaker. Alonso hit 20 home runs against Ronald Acuna Jr.’s 19.
In the semis and in the finals Alonso hit last and didn’t need the extra time to win. Guerrero Jr. hit 91 home runs and lost.
The All-Star game is tonight at Progressive Field. Los Angeles Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu will be on the hill to start for the National League. Mike Trout of the LA Angels will start for the American League. This is really the only all star game that is worth watching. The NFL Pro Bowl has become a joke because no one plays anymore. The NBA All-Star game has no one plays defense.