MLB 2017 Home Run Derby Winner Aaron Judge Has a Shocking Performance
It is the All-Star break again which means that it is time to see the big bats of the League hit some Home Runs.
To start things off I think I should mention a few things. This year’s Derby has a few Rule changes. There is a timer of 4 Minutes instead of the 10 Outs for missing Home Runs. This makes a huge difference as the Batters can hit an unlimited amount of baseballs. It also means that the old records are up for grabs
Records like Josh Hamilton‘s 28 Home Runs in one round. Some critics would call the Home Run Derby a glorified Batting Practice and I would agree with them that that’s exactly the way it feels at first.
The hype around it at first seems manufactured/forced and I felt while watching it that it really felt that way, like they were forcing it. But after the first pairing, I began to realize just how difficult this must be to go 3 Rounds power hitting for 4 Minutes each. It seemed to quell that argument and showed just how important the Home Run Derby is to the fans. Last night was a real whopper and it was amazing to watch, even with the forced hype.
So before things got started they had a concert first, of course. Every event these days seems to have a concert before it. And while I waited for Pit Bull to finish is the latest song on curvy girls, while the dancers were shaking their booties. I was thinking to myself who is going to win this year. Believe it or not, I called out Miguel Sano as my dark horse pick for making it to the Finals of the HR Derby. I also picked Aaron Judge as the winner in the Finals of the HR Derby. Seeing as how he became the first player ever to hit 30 Home Runs before the All-Star break. I felt like he was destined to win this one.
The First pairing was slow with Sano getting the win. He just took his time with it. Taking a lot of hits but slowing the pace down so that he would have enough endurance to go 4 Minutes, and 30 Seconds for the bonus (If you hit 2 HRs 440 Feet). He survived the Round by 1 Home Run. The next pairing was just as good as the first with Gary Sanchez winning it by 1 Homer. When the 3rd pairing started to swing the bats you could tell that they were naturals. With an uppercut swing Rookie, Cody Bellinger took it to go to the Semis. One Homer ahead of Charlie Blackmon.
Then Justin Bour came up and hit a whopping 22 Home Runs. It looked daunting but of course, he was facing Aaron Judge. Judge would go on to hit 23 absolute bombs. I mean seriously it was incredible! He was on fire, and several of them neared the 500 feet mark. One went 503 feet. I was on the edge of my seat during his performance.
And you know what?
He made it look effortless like he was just warming up. In point of fact, he was just warming up. Sano and Judge would go on to meet in the Finals. In fact, both of them would hit monster Home Runs. Sano hit one high and deep while lightning flashed outside the Stadium Windows. It was stunning. Then Judge came up and during his outs, he had hit the roof of the Stadium at least twice, and those didn’t count as Homers even though they were going out.
It was ridiculous the way he was hitting!
His best Homer went 513 Feet and that was pretty much icing on the cake as he would go on to beat Sano [11-10].
The excitement was in the air and was palpable whenever anybody hit a dinger. I feel as though after watching it that it really was something special, and I hate to contradict myself but it really did live up to the hype. Aaron Judge looks like the real deal and he is someone to watch for in the second half of the Season.
“This Home Run Derby is for the Fans,” just as Aaron said after receiving his Trophy.