Giancarlo Stanton Didn’t Win the 2014 Home Run Derby, But Did Hit a 510-Foot Moonshot that Nearly Left the Stadium (Video)
Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes made history last night by becoming just the second player to win back-to-back MLB Home Run Derbies. However, while his second and final rounds were impressive—10-3 and 9-1 wins, respectively—there were some other All-Star sluggers who took center stage in earlier rounds.
Blue Jays right fielder and AL derby captain Jose Bautista, for example, clubbed 10 home runs in the first round, which was four more than anybody else. And, in contrast, Dodgers spark plug Yasiel Puig made waves by becoming the first competitor to put up a big fat goose egg since Robinson Cano in 2012.
Then there was Florida Marlins superstar Giancarlo Stanton. Prior to the start of the Derby, ESPN asked National League starting pitcher Adam Wainwright who he thought would win, and he basically said that while Stanton may not win, he couldn’t wait to see how far he’d hit the ball.
So what happened? Stanton went out there and hit a ridiculous 510-foot bomb that nearly left the stadium. And did I mention that it was only 56ºF at first pitch?
Take a look:
I Guess Wainwright knew what he was talking about.