Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby isn't always the ideal made-for-televison event. Sure, it features mammoth home runs, but Chris Berman's call is an annual source of frustration for many viewers and the drama tends to wane over the three hours of attempted dingers.
Luckily, this year's edition at Citi Field in New York City provided plenty of memorable moments. Oakland Athletics' outfielder Yoenis Cespedes stole the show, defeating Washington Nationals' outfielder Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round for the Derby crown. More importantly though, a lot of ridiculous stuff happened along the way. Let's take a look at the real highlights!
During David Wright's introduction, this Mets' fan decided to get all up in the grill of a Yankees' fan, who was not amused:
Speaking of Mets' fans, this one was rather delighted to catch a Cespedes first-round homerun:
Harper's brother, Bryan, was his biggest supporter on Derby night. Here's a screencap of his Rollie Fingers-esque moustache in all its glory:
New York Yankees' closer Mariano Rivera was on hand to take in teammate Robinson Cano's turn. At least we think he was. Looks like he forgot where he parked:
We should have seen this next one coming after the first fan incident, but during former Mets' catcher Mike Piazza's interview with Chris Berman and Nomar Garciaparra, a fight broke out behind the ESPN set:
The ESPN cameras cut away quickly, and it looks like a producer handed Berman a note, possibly telling him not to mention it as they avoided going to the three-shot for a while after this happened.
Cespedes did it all in his first Derby win, and that included hitting one of the Chevrolet Silverados parked in the center field stands:
All in all, it was night to remember for the Cuban defector. He even showed some swagger, flipping his bat with authority after one of his nine final round taters:
Finally, what Home Run Derby would be complete without Athletics' pitcher Bartolo Colon accidentally slapping a small child in the face? Not this one, apparently: