Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes stole the show at the 2013 Home Run Derby at Citi Field stadium in New York on Monday night with an incredible display to walk away with a victory in the Finals.
The Cuban-born player opened the contest with 17 homers in the first round, many of them landing in Citi Field’s upper deck in left field, which is rarely reached in game action.
The crowd cheered him loudly.
“While I took my first five swings, I felt that I was really into a rhythm, and felt that I could put on a show like I did tonight,” Cespedes said afterward in Spanish, speaking through a translator.
Cespedes, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, and Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer advanced to the second round.
But because finals are determined by a combination of first and second round scores, Cespedes advanced easily, without having to participate in the second round.
Yoenis Cespedes’ has an impressive Home Run Derby display and even though he didn’t need to, he made the effort and got an additional six homers.
Harper hit eight homers off is father to advance to the next round. Cespedes needed only five of his ten outs to hit nine. He finished with a 455-foot homer to straightaway center field. And the crowd went wild.
Cespedes backed his 20-minute promo video in Youtube with action on the field, proving that he is worth his weight in gold.
The totals for all three rounds are:
First Round totals
Yoenis Cespedes: 17
Chris Davis: 8
Bryce Harper: 8
Michael Cuddyer: 7
Pedro Alvarez: 6
Prince Fielder: 5
David Wright: 5
Robinson Cano: 4
Second Round totals
Cespedes: 6 (23 total)
Harper: 8 (16)
Cuddyer: 8 (15)
Davis: 4 (12)
Final Round totals
The Home Run Derby is held prior to the Major League Baseball All Star Game every year and it’s a contest among the best home run hitters to see who can come victorious. Yoenis Cespedes took the title in 2013.