Vladimir Guerrero Jr. elected to now not participate on this year’s House Race Derby, which was a little bit of a bummer because we all wanted to notion him crush baseballs thru Denver’s altitude (he saved that for the actual All-Star Game).
Nonetheless that didn’t mean that he wasn’t heavily bright about Monday’s anecdote House Race Derby.
The primary round between the Nationals’ Juan Soto and Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani went into two tiebreaker rounds. The primary tiebreaker was an extra minute while the 2d tiebreaker was little to three swings.
There was a lot riding on these three swings, but before Soto went 3 for 3 in the swing-off, Guerrero gave the impression to be the one to provide some crucial advice to the 22-year-customary.
We mic’d up Shohei Ohtani and Juan Soto in the #HRDerby and they didn’t disappoint.
— MLB (@MLB) July 14, 2021
In mic’d-up MLB video from the House Race Derby, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Guerrero gave Soto a pep talk before that final swing-off. Guerrero said (translated to English):
“It’s three swings. Take your time. Recount. You hit it. Take your time, breathe and acquire back to it. Don’t lawful swing. Take your time.”
And then Tatis accomplished it off with “in gradual motion!”
Good day, it was solid advice, and Soto took it to heart. He selected the exact three pitches he wanted to pressure and attach the stress on Ohtani with the supreme tiebreaker round. Ohtani would acquire eliminated on his first swing.
Nonetheless overall, that was an very fair appropriate look at the friendly atmosphere between the game’s greatest stars in Denver. You have to notion that.
For certain, no participant may perhaps end the Mets’ Pete Alonso and the real MVP … his BP pitcher Dave Jauss.