New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano bashed his way to a Home Run Derby title at the pre-All-Star Game festivities in Phoenix Monday night (July 11).
Cano, who has 15 homers for the Yankees this season, smacked 32 in the contest, including a record 12 in the final round, to beat Adrian Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox by one. He dethroned reigning champ David Ortiz, who finished tied for third but was way off the pace with nine.
His homers included a massive, 472-foot shot that clanged off a sign deep in the right-center field stands. “That was my favorite one,” he tells the AP. “I’m going to have that in my mind for the next two or three weeks. I wonder how far could it be, that in New York? I got power.”
Cano’s victory was made all the more sweet because his dad, former major league pitcher Jose Cano, was pitching to him. They shared a huge hug between the plate and pitcher’s mound after Robinson’s winning homer.
Video of Cano’s trophy-clinching homer is below. The All-Star Game airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/5 PT on FOX.