The hype surrounding this year's Home Run Derby had to do with Angels pitcher/DH Shohei Ohtani, the major league home run leader with 33 round-trippers. The bracketing had Ohtani set up to face defending champion Pete Alonso of the Mets in the semi-finals.
The thin air in Denver certainly worked in Alonso's favor, but not Ohtani's. Alonso mopped the floor with Kansas City catcher Salvatore Perez in the first round, as the two obliterated the event record books. However, Ohtani couldn't keep his end of the deal, and was upset by Washington's Juan Soto in double overtime. They're now claiming Ohtani was "exhausted" upon arriving in Denver. And he's the AL starting pitcher AND DH tonight!
Alonso dismissed Soto in the semi-finals, and that led to a matchup in the finals with the feel good story of the tournament, Baltimore's Trey Mancini, a recent cancer survivor. Mancini had eliminated Oakland's Matt Olson and host Colorado's Trevor Story to get to the final. Alonso came from behind to claim his 2nd straight Derby trophy and a $1,000,000 grand prize.
Steve Cohen, show him the money!
First, former San Francisco 49ers tight end Greg Clark passed away near the end of last week at 49.
Rest in peace, one and all.