Morneau Wins HR Derby, But Hamilton Wows

28-homer first round starts off the All-Star break with a blast
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2008 5:39 AM CDT
Morneau Wins HR Derby, But Hamilton Wows
Fans fill Yankee Stadium at the Major League Baseball All-Star Home Run Derby in New York on Monday, July 14, 2008.    (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Justin Morneau won the Home Run Derby last night, but Josh Hamilton got all the attention—and rightly so, writes the New York Times. The Texas slugger hit a record 28 bombs in the first round alone, and smashed 35 homers total, to Morneau's 22. “I rarely watch myself on highlights, but tonight I may have to,” said Hamilton.

Before the festivities, Hamilton announced his goal of becoming the first player ever to hit a ball out of Yankee Stadium. There he fell short, but only just—a 518-foot rocket hit the second upper section, and another long ball hit a sign above the right-field bleachers. The display impressed fans and fellow All-Stars alike, including Morneau. (More MLB stories.)

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