It’s the new math.
Comeback kid Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers crushed 28 homers in the first round of last night’s Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium — 20 more than any other player in that frame — but lost the doggone thing because the Minnesota Twins’ Justin Morneau hit more in the third and final round.
Never mind that Hamilton, who relaunched his career with the Hudson Valley Renegades, outslugged Morneau overall, 38-22. Or that Hamilton’s total could have been even bigger had he not essentially skipped the second round so that he could save it for the third. Totals from the first two rounds don’t carry over. Pffft. What a joke.
No matter. Did you see some of these shots? The Journal News’ Brian Heyman does a great job describing three of his most magnificent:
502 feet off the Bank of America sign behind the right-center bleachers and below the frieze; 504 feet to the back of the bleachers near the video board; and 518 feet to the black seats in center….
And while the Bank of America sign shot was the third-longest of the bunch, it was doubly exciting. The thundering thud with which the ball hit the sign was like none I’d ever heard as a devout, lifetime Yankee fan; and it was in the extremely short list of home runs ever coming close to being hit out of the stadium, even in an exhibition format.
A couple of LoHud-related notes about the broadcasting of Hamilton’s blasts:
Using the Yankee Stadium public address system to call the live action for the stadium crowd was Hartsdale resident Michael Kay, the main play-by-play broadcaster for the Yankees’ TV broadcasts.
And calling the Home Run Derby action for ESPN was Chris Berman, an alumnus of The Hackley School in Tarrytown. At the 3:53 mark of this must-watch MLB.com highlight reel, here’s how Berman described one of Hamilton’s moonshots: “This one is in Pelham!”
(Photo by Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News)