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Rosie DiManno: Goodbye, Fun Guy. Hello, Home Run Guy

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10.07.2019

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. belted 38,641 feet of jacks in the All Star-Game home run derby.

That’s 7.3 miles — 11. 7 kilometres — of VLADAVOOM.

Runner-up, to fellow rookie Pete Alonso of the New York Mets, when Monday night’s spectacle in Cleveland came to an end. But slam-bang victor in every other metric: most homers in the three-round contest plus tiebreaking swing-off (91), crushing the historical record by 30; longest dinger (488 feet), another 24 travelling at least 440 feet; overtook and then surpassed the single round showdown max (40); hardest rocket shot (114 mph).

Alonso racked up 57 dingers total, by comparison, while Guerrero, youngest participant ever at 20 years and 115 days, needed 40 just to get through the second-round slugfest with Joc Pederson.

Baseball blinds with numbers, even more so now that everybody’s got analytics religion. But these ooh and ahh figures are at least fathomable to non-savants.

Indisputably, the thriller-killer of the 2019 entry bunch, People’s Champion, driving the crowd delirious at Progressive Field as he obliterated the record annals and responded with a megawatt grin to the roars.

“That was unreal,’’ tweeted Marcus Stroman, an All-Star appointee and attendee, though he couldn’t pitch in the game Tuesday evening because of a weird pectoral cramp issue. “Beyond thankful I could witness in person. You’re a legend young........

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