Boy, it feels good to have the Home Run Derby back doesn’t it? Well, it feels good for most of us — one fan might be a little sore tomorrow after falling over a railing while trying to catch a home run.
The Home Run Derby is back in 2021 after the league had to forego it last year thanks in part to the COVID-19 pandemic. But enough about that — we’re back to watch some of the best power hitters in all of baseball. Not only that, but all of the 2021 All-Star Game festivities will take place in Denver at the hitter-friendly Coors Field.
The popular event started off with Baltimore Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini. He kicked off the 2021 Home Run Derby by knocking out 24 home runs in four minutes. In doing so, he narrowly advanced past Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson. Olson put up 23 homers.
But it was during Olson’s round that something notable happened out in the stands. After Olson hit a dinger directly to right field, one fan attempted to catch the ball (the key word here being “attempted”). Instead of gracefully making the catch, the unlucky fan flips over the railing and straight onto the pavement.
The Comeback sports account on Twitter posted a video of the failed catch attempt on Twitter.
“Fan takes what had to be a very painful tumble during the Home Run Derby,” The Comeback account wrote alongside the video.
Baseball fans, meanwhile, couldn’t help but comment on what happened. We have seen some pretty hilarious failed catch attempts before, but this one was actually a little frightening.
“He’s going to feel that in the morning,” one fan wrote.
“But did he catch the ball?!” another follower asked.
All Eyes on Los Angeles Angels Star Shohei Ohtani at 2021 Home Run Derby
It goes without saying that there will be thousands of fans tuning in to see what Los Angeles Angels star player Shohei Ohtani. He has been lighting up the league as of late. As a matter of fact, Ohtani has launched 16 home runs since June 15 and currently leads all of Major League Baseball with 33 homers. The second closest behind him has 28.
As for a couple of other fan favorites this year, one is the hometown hitter — Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story. Another would be a reigning Home Run Derby champion in New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso. Both of those players are looking to add a historic win to their resumes.
Trevor Story is trying to become just the fourth player ever to win the Home Run Derby as a member of the local team. And Pete Alonso is trying to become just the third batter in history to repeat as Home Run Derby champ.