Major League Baseball’s All-Star break began on Monday, meaning that we are getting treated to one of the most delightful events in the game: The Home Run Derby. It’s such a simple concept, but there aren’t many special events in sports that are more fun than watching dudes hit copious amounts of dingers.
The first round featured a fantastic matchup in the 1 vs. 8 spot. Marlins outfielder and hometown hero Giancarlo Stanton went against Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez. Even before the two started hitting baseballs to the moon, there was some hype, because Sanchez — whose nickname is “The Kraken” — used bats that looked like this.