With a high five from pitcher Tom Runnells and a hug from son Casey who immediately jumped on his father, Colorado Rockies right-fielder Michael Cuddyer walked off Citi Field in New York after hitting eight long balls in the second round for a total of 15 in the 2013 Chevrolet Home Run Derby.
The eight home runs would be the most in the second round – unfortunately it wouldn’t be enough to get Cuddy to the championship. Mr. modern day “Money Ball” and eventual winner of the competition Yoenis Cespedes stole the show Monday night hitting 17 dingers in the first round in essence making round two a three-man slug fest for the spot opposite him in the “ship.”
The final spot would come down to Cuddyer and Bryce Harper. With his father Ron pitching the younger Harper would match Cuddy’s eight home runs in round two. Unfortunately, eight would be enough for Harper as Cuddy only hit seven in round one.
Cuddy would miss the final round by a single run.
But let’s be honest, in a way, Cuddyer was an after thought when it came to the All-Star game and the Home Run competition for some – actually most. Even long-time fans of the Rockies were more interested in Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez during the break’s festivities.
That said, those who have religiously watched Cuddy since donning a Rockies uniform couldn’t have been too surprised by his performance in retrospect. Cuddyer is the Rockies proverbial Mr. “Hustle” – he does whatever it takes to make the Rocks competitive. And he does his job well – maybe even better than anyone.
Cuddyer represented and Rockies Country can be nothing but proud. His third place finish in the 2013 Chevrolet Home Run competition is a feather in the hat of the Rockies organization.
Atta boy, Cuddy.