Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland’s second-year slugger emerged as the show-stealer at the All-Star game as his dazzling powerplay helped win the Home Run Derby. The interesting thing is that Cespedes was not on the roster and this way he became the first player to take home the crown after having been left out of the Midsummer Classic.
Through a translator, Cespedes said that he was happy with his triumph. While playing he mentioned that the felt he was in the groove and had the correct rhythm, both of which were the ‘key’ requirements according to him.
On the whole, Cespedes said that the atmosphere in the stadium was quite different from that in Cuba. It was more electric with the cheering crowd, dazzling photographers and the cheerleaders. He said he ‘was happy to be here’ and to have entertained the audience.
The night obviously belonged to Cespedes for the Washington Nationals just could not keep pace with him.