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The Home Run Derby was a sight to see
 
Photo courtesy: Daryl Padilla
 

By Brandon Rivera
Sports@lavozcolorado.com
 
07/14/2021

It’s not everyday that the MLB All-Star extravaganza comes to your hometown. So when it does, it’s best to take full advantage of the experience and what better way to experience it than to watch a Home Run Derby at Coors Field.

The air quality in Denver provided orange and misty hues across the Mile High City with temperatures reaching the upper eighties at the start of the derby. The thin air in Denver provides a perfect environment for a homerun derby and some of the biggest names in baseball got the call to join one of MLB most enjoyable pastime.

While Coors Field has provided some remarkable crowds that had LoDo rocking like the Rockies vs. Padres in 2007, a game that catapulted the Rockies into the playoffs and onto their only Fall Classic appearance, no crowd has been comparable until Monday night’s Home Run Derby crowd.

Hundreds of fans’ favorite players were represented on the back of jerseys with a quilted spectrum that layed out across the stands.

Round one made its case as to why the Mile High City should be the permanent home to all future Home Run Derby’s with Shohei Ohtani (28 homeruns) vs. Juan Soto (31 homeruns); Salvador Perez (28 homeruns) vs. Pete Alonso (35 homeruns); Joey Gallo (19 homeruns) vs. Hometown favorite Trevor Story (20 homeruns); Matt Olson (23 homeruns) vs. Trey Mancini (24 homeruns).

Trevor Story beat out Texas Ranger (center fielder) Joey Gallo and had the longest homerun in Derby history with his 518-foot homer in the first round. About 20 minutes later, Washington Nationals (left fielder) Juan Soto beat Story’s record with a 520-foot homerun. Both Soto (2nd round; 15 homeruns) and Story (2nd round; 12 homeruns) would fall short in the second round after being defeated by Baltimore Orioles (right fielder) Trey Mancini (2nd round; 13 homeruns) and New York Mets (first baseman) Pete Alonso (2nd round; 16 homeruns) who was the 2019 Home Run Derby Champ.

The Finals included both Alonso and Mancini who put on a show for the packed park at Coors Field with Alonso taking home the Home Run Derby hardware for his second consecutive win.

Although there were fans across the MLB spectrum crammed into Coors Field, there was nothing but respect for one another, while cheers rang down from the stands from opposing teams cheering on rival team players. The camaraderie that fans showed was an example of why baseball is called America’s pastime.

Fans may have their differences about who the best is but the All-Star Show blurs those lines enough to enjoy a day at the park to watch our favorite players compete for the king of Homerun Hits. If you missed any of the events that kicked off last week, you still have time to get down to the Colorado Convention Center to see the Play Ball Park.

 

 

 

 

 
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