Yoenis Cespedes wins Home Run Derby — and gets a WWE belt

Yoenis Cespedes with the real trophy in his right hand and a little something from Adam Jones in his left. (Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images)

For his victory over Bryce Harper in the Home Run Derby, Yoenis Cespedes won a trophy with two silver bats and … a WWE championship belt.

Sure, why not? It works for Aaron Rodgers. On Monday night, it was presented by Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, who was given the vintage-style belt (unveiled by the Rock in February during a nostalgia run) by a friend.

The belt is bestowed by Adam Jones. (Kathy Willens / AP) The belt is bestowed by Adam Jones. (Kathy Willens / AP)

“This is for the champion tonight, the Home Run Derby champion,” Jones said of the sparkly-yet-tastefully-understated belt (via USA Today). “I told anybody if they want to challenge, just bring a ref.”

And so the belt went to the winner and there happily was no Heyman double cross. The WWE theme is, you see, an Orioles deal, although it didn’t help Chris Davis, who leads the majors with 37 home runs, in the derby. He finished fourth with a bloody hand after tearing a callous.

“We did a thing where everybody’s at-bat song was old entrances from the WWE to bring back all our childhood memories,” Jones said. “I liked Stone Cold [Steve Austin] and The Rock. The Ultimate Warrior was a little bit before me, but I got to see the end of it with him. I always liked the guys with beer guts with no muscle definition whatsoever. Now these dudes are athletes, bodybuilders.”


H/T Justin Bank

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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