The Mets slugger dominated on his way to the title, putting together a better outing than in 2019, when he combined for 57 home runs through his three rounds. Monday, he hit 74 home runs en route to his second trophy.
“I’ve done this before and I’m extremely confident in my ability to hit the ball out of the yard,” Alonso said afterward. “I feel like I’m the best power hitter in the game, and it was on display tonight.”
Alonso’s opening round was an omen of what was to come. He opened his with a first-round record with 35 home runs. His opponent, Royals catcher Salvador Pérez, hit 28 homers, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
Alonso advanced to face Nationals outfielder Juan Soto, who hit 31 home runs in a tiebreaker-extended showdown with Angels two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani. After Soto hit 15 home runs to begin the semifinal matchup, Alonso surged past him with plenty of time to spare.
Mancini started the final with 22 home runs, forcing Alonso to beat a solid total. Alonso remained calm, hitting his 23rd homer with 30 seconds remaining on the clock. Mancini received a standing ovation from the Denver crowd after his final-round performance, just a year removed from his battle with colon cancer.
“Trey’s story is just unbelievable,” Alonso said on the ESPN’s telecast. “I’m just happy that he was able to participate and put on a show. Everyone did awesome. I thought that we were super entertaining and put on a great show for the fans.”
While Alonso and Mancini put together an exciting matchup in the final, Soto and Ohtani’s first-round battle was perhaps most memorable.
The two traded punches in the opening round. Soto, the No. 8 seed, hit 22 home runs and set the bar high for the top-seeded Ohtani, who responded with 22 of his own to force a tiebreaker. But the first tiebreaker couldn’t decide the winner, with both players hitting six home runs in the allotted extra minute.
The second tiebreaker gave each player three swings to add to their totals. Soto went 3-for-3, and Ohtani’s first swing was a grounder into the grass, ending his night.
Alonso then provided the fireworks the rest of the way.
Will he return for a chance at a three-peat?
“I don’t know, we’ll see.” Alonso said. “I’m just going to enjoy this one for now and I’ll have to think on it.”
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