Prince Fielder won the Home Run Derby title for the second time in his career Monday night.
Fielder started out strong as he had eight home runs with only one out. He slowed down but was able to reach the 12.
The night came down to Fielder and Jose Bautista. Bautista finished the final round with seven, shy of Fielder.
Of course, it didn’t help Bautista that he ended up in a side contest in the semifinals with Angels player Mark Trumbo. Or Trumpy, as I want to call him.
Bautista led the way after round one with 11 home runs. He needed three to beat Trumpy, but ended up with two to force the tiebreaker.
Fielder struggled in the first round as he finished with five, beating out both Carlos Gonzalez and Andrew McCutchen. But he recovered nicely in round two by hitting 11 home runs, the most for that round in the final four.
I suppose I should mention Carlos Beltran made it to the second round. However, that would be acknowledging the Cardinals and I’m not really sold on this idea. Okay fine, he was in the second round, but he just missed out on the finals.
There have been a few side highlights to Monday night’s Home Run Derby, including all the booing of one Robinson Cano. I for one never realized how many Billy Butler fans there were in Kansas City. Who knew!
With virtually the entire crowd booing Cano, the Yankees player was not able to advance. In fact, he didn’t even hit a home run. He might have had maybe three or four that hit the wall or warning track, but nothing came out of it.
Also, former Royals great George Brett sat in on commentary, bringing some BBQ goods for the announcers as you can probably tell from the screencap above. One of the odder moments of the night was Brett saying something along the lines of “You’d have the little poopies in your pants, wouldn’t you?” Don’t ask me what the context was, but it was most certainly amusing.
Of course, the other notable part of the Brett segment was this little exchange between Berman and Brett. Also, Brett mentioned something about the one time both were in Cincinnati. I’m not really sure how the rest of that story went, but I’m guessing there were Ruffles chips involved.
Obviously, I survived the entire night of dealing with Berman on commentary without losing my mind. I think it helped I had Twitter. Almost did a live blog, but I wasn’t sure I had the sanity to accomplish that task. But hey, another Home Run Derby has come and gone.
But rest assured, nothing will change in the next year. The competitors will probably be the same, as will the announcing team. But if Major League Baseball would like to implement some of these ideas, they can contact me.