Even if he isn't lighting the baseball world on fire as he did two years ago, Pete Alonso reminded everyone Monday night that he remains a platinum-level showman. Three years in the big leagues, two Home Run Derby champions. Pretty, pretty, pretty good. Alternately urging the Coors Field crowd for vocal support and bobbing along to his music, displaying a colorful array of bats and wearing cleats that showcased his Homers for Heroes Foundation, Alonso outlasted the Orioles' Trey Mancini, 23-22, doing his part to liven up a crowd of 49,098 that clearly entered the ballpark hoping to see great things from Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani - who lost to the Nationals' Juan Soto, 31-28, in double overtime. By doing so, the 26-year-old successfully defended the crown he captured as a rookie in 2019 (the pandemic canceled the 2020 event) and winning himself another $1 million in prize money.
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