Nelvin Cepeda has been with the San Diego Union-Tribune for several decades. His challenge Monday, July 11 at Petco Park was to convey the awe-inspiring power-hitting show put on by Miami Marlin Giancarlo Stanton.
Over the course of three elimination rounds, Stanton hit an astounding 61 homers, pulverizing the previous MLB Home Run Derby record and taking home the trophy. As the caption for Cepeda’s photo above notes, he also hit the night’s eight longest blasts, several of which rang in at just under 500 feet.
This is a wonderful photo. The souvenir ball is about to (we assume) land in one of those outstretched gloves. All around, there are varying degrees of spectator reaction. Thanks to 26-year-old L.A. native Stanton, players suiting up for tonight’s game have a tough act to follow.
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