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Jose Bautista quotes Ricky Bobby after losing to Prince Fielder in Home Run Derby

Prince Fielder put on a show for fans of the Home Run Derby — if there are any left — on Monday night as he won the event for the second time and hit some absolute bombs in the process. Fielder hit the four longest homers of the night, two of which traveled an estimated 476 feet. In the final round, Fielder defeated Jose Bautista by a score of 12-7. Bautista was considered by many to be the favorite heading into the contest, but Fielder earned the victory by hitting some shots that probably just landed a few hours ago.

According to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, Bautista took the “Talladega Nights” approach when asked about being the runner up.

While this sounds like a hilarious reference to American comedy from a player born in the Dominican Republic, David Brown of Big League Stew — who asked Bastian about the quote — said he was told Bautista did not say it in a joking manner and even shot a reporter a dirty look for asking him if he was upset about losing. Being angry that you came in second in one of the most irrelevant sporting events of the calendar year? Now that’s what I call a competitor. On the bright side, Bautista had a much better night all-around than the one Robinson Cano had.

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Robinson Cano shut out in Home Run Derby while getting booed by Royals fans

Robinson Cano was shut out in the Home Run Derby a year after winning the competition, much to the delight of Royals fans. The fans booed Cano throughout the day and during the competition because he didn’t pick Royals DH Billy Butler to participate after saying he was going to choose a Royals player to be on the AL team.

A year after clubbing 32 home runs to win the derby in Arizona, Cano went 0-for-10 and was eliminated after the first round. He says the boos (which turned to cheers after he struggled) didn’t affect him.

“Well it doesn’t affect me; I’m used to that,” Cano told Buster Olney. “Everywhere the Yankees play we get booed all the time, so I get used to it.

“Well I knew [the Royals fans were upset] as soon as I picked my team. But it’s alright. Whatever they decide to do, I really don’t care about the fans. They boo, we get that a lot.”

Cano even sent the following response on Twitter:

It’s hard to say which was more embarrassing: Cano getting shut out, or the behavior of spiteful Royals fans. I think KC fans took that honor for the night.

Royals fans upset with Robinson Cano for not picking Billy Butler for HR Derby

Royals fans are unhappy with Robinson Cano for not choosing Billy Butler to participate in the Home Run Derby, and they expressed their displeasure by constantly booing the Yankees All-Star.

Cano was named captain of the American League Home Run Derby team and the defending champ selected Jose Bautista, Mark Trumbo, and Prince Fielder as his teammates. The fans in Kansas City booed him when he took batting practice and when he was introduced for the derby.

Sports Radio 810 WHB in Kansas City even bought an airplane banner to complain about Cano’s selection:

Of course the funny part about the whole situation is how out of touch Royals fans are. While we love the support they’re showing Butler, Cano’s sanity would have been questioned had he selected the Kansas City DH.

Butler is a very good hitter — one that any team would want — but he’s not a slugger. His career high for home runs in a season is 21. We appreciate the homerism by Royals fans, but let’s be real — nobody except them wanted to see Butler in the Home Run Derby.

At least Royals fans got their way when Cano was shut out in the derby. The only time they cheered him was when he failed to hit balls out.

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