Cano powers the Home Run Derby!
Besides hitting towering shots, NY Yankee’s Robinson Cano dominated the State Farm Home Run Derby, last night! He beat out Boston Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez in the final round with a new record 12 HR’s. He had a little help from his father, Jose Cano, who pitched for him, and interesting enuff was a former MLB pitcher for the Houston Astros in 1989. Milwaukee Brewers (NL Captain) Prince Fielder had the biggest HR at 474 ft., and hit five HR’s on five swings to advance to the second round, in a swing-off tiebreaker with Boston Red Sox (AL Captain) David Ortiz who had 4HR on five swings! Cano and Gonzalez totalled 20HR’s a piece after the second round to advance to the finals! The Gold-Ball (pic below) with a 24-karat infused panel, was only thrown to the hitter with one out remaining, and retails at $149.99. Each gold ball added 18,000 to the MLB-State Farm donation to the Boy and Girls Club of America. State Farm donations totaled $603K for the night!
”As a kid, you dream to be up here with a bunch of guys that you watched back in the day, like Sosa, Griffey, McGwire, Giambi, how much fun they have,” Robinson Cano said.
Cano tried to hit the 472 Miller Lite sign. ”That was my favorite one I’m going to have that in my mind for the next two or three weeks. I wonder how far could it be, that in New York?” Cano said. ‘‘I got power.”
”When he called me at home, that he wanted me to come to the United States because he’s going to be in the Home Run Derby, I said, `I’ll be happy to pitch to you, because that’s what I do at home,”’ Jose Cano said. – foxsports
One fan, Keith Carmickle, almost took a fall going after a Prince Fielder HR ball, but was held up by his brother. (pic below)
Players who retrieved the gold ball were lucky, David Hayes (pic below), volunteer Jr. RBI Baseball, got offered $500 for his lucky catch, but replied “”No way!” – ktar
The Gold-Ball with a 24-karat infused panel, was only thrown to the hitter with one out remaining, and retails at $149.99.