After watching Home Run Derby v 3.0, the unsettling realization sets in — what if regular baseball were set to a timer? Of course it would be better, whether you want to admit that or not. The 2017 Home Run Derby was baseball for Millennials — the video game version, and its rules will be incorporated into the regular season perhaps as soon as September.
And until next year at this time, Aaron Judge is your HRD champion. In what world does Justin Bour hit 22 homers in the first round and lose? The one third from the Sun, which is ruled by Judge, who hit 23 to eliminate him. His display on Monday included a 513-foot dinger. If you like this sort of thing — power for power’s sake — this Derby was for you. Personally I’d rather see a Moving the Runner Over By Hitting to the Right Side Derby, but I’m weird and always ate lunch alone.
Twitter seemed to enjoy it.
A final spray chart of Aaron Judge's home run derby performance pic.twitter.com/wcwyIsIMxc
— Kent (@RealKentMurphy) July 11, 2017
"That's a BOM- that's, um, a very far-hit home run"
— Me, currently watching the Home Run Derby in an airport
— Knicks Memes (@KnicksMemes) July 11, 2017
— Sports Funhouse (@SportsFunhouse) July 11, 2017
Red Sox & Mets fans watching Judge bat like "lmfaooo it's just the home run derby who cares" pic.twitter.com/fTpQwi77a7
— amanda (@pIayoffeli) July 11, 2017
— MLB Spongebob (@MLBSponge) July 11, 2017