Fielder Wins Derby

As you can see in this picture of Prince Fielder, he uses every inch of his body to produce power to send a ball into the stands.  Last night, he used his body to the fullest 23 times as Prince Fielder won the 2009 Home Run Derby in St. Louis.

To start off the Derby, Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers stepped up to the plate and put on a show, sending multiple bombs to deep, deep left field.  And I mean deep.  This guy really had some serious power.  He ended the first round with a promising 11 homers that would hopefully be enough to get him into the second round.

Prince Fielder followed with another 11 home run performance in which he sent his own fair share of blasts into the outfield bleachers.  Both guys put on a show and were in hope of having a second round spot available with there 11 home run totals. 

The show was set on Albert Pujols, one of the best all time hitting in front of his own home crowd.  He came up last in the lineup for the first round as the suspense built as the St. Louis crowd waited for his arrival.  Unfortunately, Pujols dissapointed and didn’t get into the second round with astonishing numbers that many thought he would produce.  Instead, his five home runs were good enough for a “bat off” as Chris Berman and the rest of the commentating crew called it.  So Pujols competed in a competition of five swings against Carlos Pena and Joe Mauer who also had five homers in the first round.  Carlos Pena came up first and hit one out.  Mauer failed to get any over the fence, and when Albert came up, he hit two to satisfy the crowd and assure him a spot in the second round.

Now, the other hometown boy, Ryan Howard, got some love from the crowd as he advanced to the second round to continue his quest for a second Home Run Derby victory.  Howard sent a handful of blasts into right, right center, and center field to get the crowd behind him.  The majority of his shots were liners and not too many bombs.  It was still pretty fun watching him do well back in his home town though.

The first round proved fatal for my pick to win it, Adrian Gonzalez, as he only hit two over the fence.  He came close on multiple shots that hit the wall or the warning track but was unable to get the ball over the fence enough to advance to the second round.  So there went my pick right off the bat, but I still had other reasons to be proud at my picks.

Brandon Inge EPIC FAILED!  He was shutout not even coming close on any of his hits.  The closest he came was when he hit a line shot down the left field line that was clearly foul.  That was his final out.  So, I was right about Inge, who shouldn’t even have been there, doing a terrible job.  He sucked!

So after the first round here are the guys that were still in it:

  • Prince Fielder
  • Nelson Cruz
  • Ryan Howard
  • Albert Pujols

In the second round, Albert Pujols came back up to the plate after batting last in the first round and batting last in the bat off.  Now he had to get a pretty good amount of home runs just to get to Cruz and Fielder’s totals of 11 from the first round.  By the end of the second round bid from Pujols, he had a total of 11, probably to be beaten by both Cruz and Fielder.

Ryan Howard came up following Pujols and put on a late show with only a few outs left to go.  He finished the second round with a promising 15.  There was a possibility of him being in the final round.  But after Fielder and Cruz batted, that dream was shattered.

Cruz went on to bat after Howard and put on another powerful performance sending many balls to the upper decks down the line in left and to the deepest parts of the park.  He secured a final round bid with a total of 17 homers through the first two rounds.  Now all that was to see was if Mr. Fielder could pass Howard’s mark of 15 and he did that to move on to the final round.  A matchup of Cruz and Fielder.  Two very powerful guys that would surely put on a show.

  • Nelson Cruz
  • Prince Fielder

In the final round, Cruz batted first and put up five blasts to give Fielder a battle for the title.  Fielder came up second and without even getting six outs, Fielder surpassed Cruz’s mark of 5 homers to win the 2009 Home Run Derby.  His first Derby victory ended with a blast to right center field into the stands full of cheering fans.

Fielder’s victory was solid, sending the three longest shots into the night, including a 503 foot homer.  The longest he has ever hit, he said after the contest, and it was definitely a blast.  It was the longest of the Derby and Fielder put on the show that everyone expects at least one person to do.  Last year it was Josh Hamilton, although Fielder’s show wasn’t as great as Hamiltons, but this year Fielder put on the show that made the whole thing worth watching for me.

Last year, Hamilton’s run of home runs was probably the best moment of recent baseball history.  His story leading up to that point just made it all the better.  Many pictures of the moment were captured but I think this one is the best.

Josh Hamilton smiles during the 2008 MLB All-Star State Farm Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium on July 14, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

Fielder and his Brewers teammate Ryan Braun celebrated after his final home run as they would at a regular game in which one of he hit a home run.  Their little routine that they do finished off a great night for Fielder.  As Hamilton had his great moment captured many times, as did Fielder.

Congrats to the 2009 Home Run Derby, Prince Fielder!

-Dillon

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14 comments

  1. thatbaseballguy

    Canuck- That’s something I like about the Derby. They do a lot of interviews during the duration of the contest. It shows how not so uptight the players are. They have more fun than you would think.
    -Dillon

  2. raysfanboy

    I won’t take anything away from Fielder’s win, but it seems that the whole thing lacked some pizzazz. Don’t you think? Everybody seemed kind of blah. I enjoyed it, but the announcers seemed like they were ready to go home!
    http://raysfanboy.mlblogs.com/

  3. thatbaseballguy

    Last year, Hamilton sent a ton of blasts really deep into the stands. That’s the pizzazz you’re talking about. I agree it was a little boring. There weren’t anybody that hit a lot of home runs that were really deep. Cruz and Pujols each hit a few that were pretty exciting but other than that, you’re exactly right.
    -Dillon

  4. thepitchersduel

    Congrats to Fielder yes, but I think big time congrats to Nellie Cruz. He put himself on fans radars. I first head about him last year when he was putting up crazy numbers in the minors. I said before the season that he could hit 40 in the bigs, he might not get there but it could be close.

    http://thepitchersduel.mlblogs.com/

  5. crzblue2

    I honestly did not see the whole thing with the commute I have. By the time I got home Pujols was already out. What I saw I enjoyed, then I watched the oltimers with celebrities, then the 1996 All-Star game. I need my fix of baseball.
    Emma
    http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

  6. raysfanboy

    Let’s hope that tonight’s game has the pizzaz that we missed out on last night. Pizzaz is my new word now, apparently. Anyway…Let’s just say I am looking forward to an exciting game tonight with lots of hits, lots of runs, and lots of fun.
    http://raysfanboy.mlblogs.com/

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