On Monday night, Oakland A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes did his team and his native Cuba proud as he smashed his way past Bryce Harper in the finals, 9-8, to win the 2013 Home Run Derby crown.
Cespedes will actually not be competing in Tuesday’s All-Star Game as he was not named a member of the team, but the American League would probably like to use him right about now. He drilled 17 first-round homers, a total higher than any other player managed over their first two rounds combined.
“I felt that I was getting into a very good rhythm, and that as long as the ball was right over the plate, I felt like I was in a good groove,” Cespedes said through a translator. “That was the key.”
It definitely did not hurt. However, Harper, who hit eight homers each in all three rounds, had a different hypothesis.
“He’s incredible,” Harper said. “He’s an absolute machine.”
Check out this Machine do his thing in the photo gallery below.
[Photos via Anthony Gruppuso, Robert Deutsch, Brad Penner, Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports]