Prince Fielder gave fans another reason to be proud of him when he became the winner of the Home Run Derby for the second time. According to the Associated Press, Prince Fielder concluded the Monday night game against Toronto’s player Jose Bautista with a 12-7 score.
The crowd at the Kauffman Stadium was delighted by Prince Fielder’s performance. The Detroit Tigers player has won the All-Star Home Run Derby for the second time, thus equaling Ken Griffey Jr’s record of multiple titles. At the end of the Monday competition, Fielder scored 12 points, whereas Jose Bautista from Toronto managed to gather only 7.
Prince Fielder was truly honored to hear that he was compared with Ken Griffey Jr. He told the press that he used to spend a lot of time in Griffey’s company when he was a child. They used to play video games in their spare time. Even though they were friends, Prince Fielder confessed that he used to look up to Griffey because he was a nice person.
The first time Prince Fielder became the winner of the Home Run Derby was in 2009. This time, however, the Detroit slugger scored 28 home runs during the three rounds and hit the four longest drives of the evening. The most remarkable moment of the evening was when Fielder threw a pair of 476 feet drives.
On Monday, Prince Fielder could not help throw the balls into the right-field fountain. In the first round he registered five homers and three splash shots, whereas at the beginning of the second round he deposited four more balls in the fountain. The final water drive took place near the end of the third round.
Jose Bautista was disappointed with his performance during the Monday competition. He told the press that he could have done a lot better. Despite the defeat, Bautista had a great time on Monday and was glad he could play against the Detroit team.