Max Muncy knows a thing or two about competing in the Homerun Derby. He may not have participated in 2021, but the Dodgers slugger crushed 29 total homeruns in the derby back in 2018 before losing to Bryce Harper.
So he knows the struggle and the physical toll that swinging in just one round can take on a player. That’s why when asked about Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani before the All-Star Game, Max had some very high praise.
Ohtani fell in the first round after hitting 28 homeruns that included 2 tiebreaker rounds which Juan Soto eventually won. He would then start the All-Star Game the next day for the AL squad, and he did get to face the Dodgers hitter.
It’s incredible. The fact that he’s actually able to play the day after the Derby last night. … This is a tough place to play. It’s hard to breathe here. You get tired really quickly. You could see last night they got gassed pretty quick. For him to be able to come back and pitch today, it’s pretty incredible.
The storyline of Ohtani dominated the news headlines all week for the MLB All-Star Game. And rightfully so, because he is a generational talent that deserves recognition despite playing for a…not great team. The Dodgers certainly wanted him in Los Angeles when he was looking to sign.
What a story and what a great way to get fans interested in the MLB All-Star Game. The Dodgers will probably see a whole lot of Shohei over the years, and it’s going to be very fun to watch.