How lucky were baseball fans tuning in to New York Citi Field Monday Night soaking in Hercules with a bat in his hand? How Lucky were baseball fans sitting in stands in the “Big Apple” with eyes wide open Monday night realizing a little team playing in the outskirts of “The City by The Bay”, beyond the shadows of the Bay Bridge on the West Coast has Goliath hitting in the middle of their Roster? How lucky are Oakland Athletics fans privileged to watch such performances 82 times during the Season at every pre-game batting practice? What used to be a home town secret weapon has now burst on the national stage! Yoenis Cespedes will no longer be a head scratching sports trivia question beyond the East Bay corridors. Major League Sports fans in North America as well as borders stretching beyond our shores will no longer wonder who is Cespedes?
Thanks to Dave Ortiz, and Robinson Cano whom played games against Oakland Athletics’ Yoenis Cespedes, invited him to compete in the All Star Home Run Derby representing the American League. It was no surprise to Ortiz, or any beat writer covering the Oakland Athletics, that Cespedes teed off for a record crushing number of 17 home runs sprayed around Citi Field in the 1st Round! ESPN may have been slack-jawed… New York City may have peed their pants… Bryce Harper even perked up! The Center of the Baseball Universe finally witnessed what Oakland already knew for two years! The Athletics have a naturally Cuban grown, home fed basher on their hands. 17 dingers being hit at or beyond 400 feet? Yawn… Yep, he does that. Can he chase down balls in the outfield? Sigh… Yup! All over that. Can he legitimately be the next to be a 40/40 man? (40 home runs, 40 stolen bases in a Season) According to Yoenis, contested earlier this year, “Yes”.
Congratulations to Yoenis Cespedes winning his first Major League Baseball All Star Home Run Derby! I look forward to future adulation definitely coming in for not only Yoenis Cespedes, but his amazing cardiac pumping team, The Oakland Athletics! Oakland may have not had the lights on at the Coliseum tonight, the lights shined bright upon Oakland Athletics Fans in the Big Apple! Celebrate!
Although I truly desire a reel of back to back shots of Cespedes dingers (Obviously has not been edited this fast), I can offer up a highlight reel of the contest and some confirming shots of why Cespedes persevered! Enjoy: