Move over Babe Ruth. There's a new 'Sultan of Swat' in Major League Baseball, and unlike the Babe, this guy is a real Prince.
On Monday night, MLB held their most entertaining All-Star event, the home run derby. While many players gave it their all, none could equal the power or swing of Detroit’s Prince Fielder.
With a 12-7 final round win over Jose Bautista that didn't even look like he was trying, Fielder earned himself his second Home Run Derby crown in four years, putting him up there with Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players to win the event multiple times.
"Just being mentioned with him is real special," said Fielder, who spent time at Griffey's house when he was a kid. "My dad would let me go over and play video games all day. He always took care of me when I was a kid."
For the night, the mighty Prince delivered 28 gems over the outfield wall en route to his victory. He also hit the four longest drives of the night, including a pair at 476 feet.
"They were far," he said. "That's not easy to hit it out there."
While Fielder was drilling shots into various fountains to the delight of fans, last years champ, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano was also causing the fans in Kansas City to cheer — only in a way he would have preferred to avoid. Booed throughout the night for not adding Kansas City's Billy Butler to the lineup, Cano, the American League Captain, then proceeded to be cheered for his inability to get a single ball out of the park.
In fact, Cano's swing was so off that he became the only player since Brandon Inge in 2009 to go homerless in the event. Cano chalked the poor performance to being a little tired because his flight arrived in Kansas City at 4:30 Monday morning.
He did not credit the boos from affecting him, though he did admit he expected the reaction.
"I expected that [reaction],'' Cano said. "I was criticized even before I got here. When you play for the Yankees, everywhere you go you get booed.''
Though this All-Star event appearance ended horribly for him, Cano said that if given the oppurtunity to do it again in the future, he would in a heartbeat.
"Why not? You're not going to be the hero all the time. …. This is for the fans. When you make a mistake, you have to take it.'' Cano said.
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