In a thoroughly entertaining edition of baseball's Home Run Derby, the Yankees' Robinson Cano slugged his way to victory. It was a contest full of moon-shots, moon-shoots, and more moon-shots--most of them off the bat of New York's second baseman.
There were so many reasons why this moment was truly a special one.
Like the fierce final round competition between Cano and A-Gon. It was an incredible battle between a Yankee and a Red Sox defined by each team's strength: the long ball. When Gonzalez tied a final round record of 11 homers, we all thought it was over. But sure enough, the Bronx Bomber one-upped the Bean-town slugger and hit a record 12 home runs in the finals.
But the greatest factor in this moment was the father-son combination of Jose and Robinson Cano.
From the backyard of his grandmother's house to a national stage at Chase Field, father Jose Cano tossed pitches to his son Robby in the home run hitting spectacle. Jose, a former major league pitcher for the Houston Astros, never cracked a smile throughout the course of the derby.
However, after Robinson's derby-clinching homer, Jose Cano finally smiled and embraced his son with a huge hug between the mound and home plate.
This moment goes to show that baseball is truly a sacred bond shared by a father and his son.