The Prince Becomes a King: Fielder Wins Derby

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst IJuly 13, 2009

Back, back, back, there it goes, goodbye!


This was the line of the night for Prince Fielder, who won the 2009 Home Run Derby, becoming the first player for the Milwaukee Brewers to accomplish the feat.


Perhaps the favorite to win the derby was hometown slugger Albert Pujols, who was competing in the Home Run Derby for the third time in his career.


Fielder had a feeling he would be facing tremendous odds in Busch Stadium.


“It’s what I expected,” he told ESPN after the game.


"This is Albert’s stadium, I was just happy to put on a show, and I’m glad I won.”


Fielder crushed his longest home run of the night at a whopping 503 feet, and his average home-run distance was 438 feet.


11 of his 23 home runs went over 450 feet.


In the first round, Fielder smacked 11 home runs, tying Nelson Cruz who also hit 11 long balls before him.


In the second round, Fielder hit six homers while Cruz hit five home runs, eliminating Ryan Howard and Pujols before the final round.


Adrian Gonzalez, Carlos Pena, Joe Mauer, and Brandon Inge also competed, but they failed to make it past the first round.


Now that he has dominated the Home Run Derby, Fielder will go into tomorrow night as a National League reserve player in the All-Star Game.


The American League All-Star team will face the National League All-Star squad for home field advantage in the World Series.


Tim Lincecum (10-2, 2.33 ERA) of the San Francisco Giants will make the start for the National League against Roy Halladay (10-3, 2.85 ERA) of the Toronto Blue Jays.