I have not watch a Major League Baseball Homerun Derby in… ever. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that my beloved Dodgers haven’t been known for sending power hitters to this event. (When they did take part in the derby, they whiffed — seven previous Dodger participants hit a combined 10 total homeruns. Not exactly bringing the house down.)
Tonight’s event featured a new timed format. The result was dramatic and exciting. Perhaps, also, it had to do with a Dodger rookie putting on a show. Joc Pederson, the Dodger phenom left fielder, defeated two other power hitters (Manny Machado and Albert Pujols) before battling the home field favorite, Cincinnati’s Todd Frasier, who was the runner-up in last year’s contest.
The final went to the wire and, alas, Frasier prevailed at the end, to the delight of Cincinnati fans, hitting 15 dingers to Pederson’s 14. A valiant effort by the 23-year-old rookie though, giving Los Angeles Dodger fans someone to root for and hopefully for a long time to come.