Father-Son Duo Steals Home Run Derby Show

Father-Son Duo Steals Home Run Derby Show

In a mostly uneventful 2011 Home Run Derby on Monday night, New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and his father Jose Cano provided the moments that will forever stick in our minds.

Published July 13, 2011

In a mostly uneventful 2011 Home Run Derby on Monday night, New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and his father Jose Cano provided the moments that will forever stick in our minds.

 

Robinson won the pre-All Star event with his father, a former pitcher for the Houston Astros, throwing to him for all three rounds. Robinson had to rally in the final round at Chase Field in Phoenix to catch and then pass Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzales.

 

Robinson eventually won the contest with 32 home runs—12 of which came in the final round —while averaging 433 feet, proving that nobody knows your swing like your father.

 

The most touching moment had to be after Robinson tied Gonzales in the third round. He and his father embraced and the younger Cano told his father, “I love you dad.”

 

"The best thing wasn't my swing," Cano said in a story on Yahoo! Sports. "It was the kind of man who was throwing — my dad. He knows me really well."

 

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(Photo: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Written by Terrance Harris

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