Despite all the hype about his participation in this year's Home Run Derby, Judge said he came into Monday night's exhibition feeling free and easy. With a few tweaks to the format and a good list of competitors this event was incredible. The rookie phenom leads the majors with 30 home runs in just 301 plate appearances so far this season and has shown no signs of slowing down.
"That guy Aaron Judge, he doesn't get exhausted", Sano said. He broke a TV monitor at Yankee Stadium with a BP drive that went over the center-field bleachers in May and dented a door casing with a home run last week. Sono was able to hit 10 homeruns during the final round but Judge answered back with 11 rockets to win the his first Homerun Derby.
"This guy puts on a show every single day in batting practice", Judge's teammate Dellin Betances said Monday afternoon.
Sano gained the finals by out-slugging Yankee catcher Gary Sanchez, 11-10, in the semifinals.
It's an going issue between Loria and Miami fans as neither seems to have much respect for the other. While Sanchez, Stanton, Bour, and Sano displayed power to their pull side, Judge set himself apart as the only guy who could clear the opposite field fence on less than flawless contact. The crowd groaned when his last fell short. Like a prime Carter, Judge just did things that made you just sit back, take notice and if you weren't careful, have your jaw repeatedly hitting the floor with what he did.
So as you can see an overwhelming amount of people believe Judge will win this which coincides with Vegas's thinking hence the reason their odds are so low on him. Sano has hit.276 with 21 home runs and 62 RBI so far this season. Judge settled in and destroyed pitch after pitch into the stadium sky. Judge promptly hit 23 to move on to the semifinal, where he defeated fellow rookie sensation Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers 13-12. He hit the eventual victor in the final seconds to advance to Round 2. It was just a matter of when not if for Judge. The MLB got it right. The format change worked, the balance of young stars and hometown hopefuls was flawless, and to be honest the eight contestants were on top of their game. He's making baseball fun again!
All is not lost for Stanton, as he will compete in Tuesday's All-Star Game in Miami as well.