Pete Alonso is officially a back-to-back Home Run Derby winner. Monday night was the second of his victories, spread out over the course of three years due to Covid-19. With the win, Alonso joined a list that also includes Yoenis Cespedes (2013 and 14) and Ken Griffey, Jr. (1998 and 99; he also won it in 1994 as well). Alonso did by defeating Salvador Perez 35-28, Juan Soto 16-15, and then Trey Mancini 23-22 in the final of the bracket-style challenge.
Alonso’s first round was phenomenal, so much so that it might have been feared that he would lose the rest of the way due to being tired from the level of performance. He only advanced from the second by one, taking advantage of Soto’s tiredness from going to ‘swingoffs’ with Shohei Ohtani, but he looked good in the finals as he took down Mancini when things looked bleak. Mancini, a man that survived a bout with cancer, was on the verge of winning with 30 seconds left, but Alonso went crazy, drilling just enough to take home the trophy again. In winning, the Polar Bear got the trophy, a necklace, and a cool $1 million. Plus the bragging rights that come with winning this for a second consecutive time!