In a time where baseball is dominated by pitchers and the fastball, it was nice to see how hitting still rules the game of baseball.
Watching a 1-0 pitchers’ duel is not for everyone but watching baseball’s top hitters hit baseballs 500 feet seems to bring a smile to everyone’s face. At this year’s Home Run Derby there were many laughs and smiling faces almost in awe of what they were witnessing.
The 2017 Home Run Derby was one for the record book that featured one of the most star-studded lineups in years.
From Gary Sanchez’s amazing first round performance and Stanton’s amazing power, these balls were absolutely destroyed, showing how good these hitters are when they connect with the right pitch. As a player myself who played in college, it really showed how big of a difference the pros are compared to college players. Guys like Judge and Stanton can pop up and still have the ball travel 400 feet. A player like myself would pop up and maybe put it out of the infield, but when these stars pop-up they are hitting it to the outfield fence.The power is just scary! So scary that I don’t know how the derby allows children to play the outfield and field the moonshots and line drives. The speed in which these players hit the ball is becoming dangerous for fans to watch, and soon will cause a dilemma for stadiums.
But this year it went off without a hitch and the true home run king Aaron Judge was victorious.
I have a feeling he’s going to be defending that title for years to come. I think the Derby this year was great for the sport; people tuned in to see Judge hit rockets out of the stadium and even hit the roof at times. Who knows what will happen next year but I am hoping that the old stars like Bonds, Griffey, and McGuire will come back to challenge the young stars of today. Maybe it wouldn’t be fair anymore, but maybe giving them an aluminum bat would even the playing field? Do you think the old stars could give the new studs a run for their money? Comment below!
[Featured Image: Edited based on a screencap by YouTube]