Prince Fielder beat the hometown boppers on their own turf.
With Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard eliminated early, Fielder won
baseball's Home Run Derby on Monday night with a steady power
display that included a jaw-dropping drive estimated at 503 feet.
The Milwaukee Brewers' first baseman outslugged Texas outfielder
Nelson Cruz 6-5 in the finals at Busch Stadium to take home a title
that St. Louis fans surely hoped would go to one of their own.
Pujols, the Cardinals' big first baseman, and Howard, who grew
up in the Gateway City, were knocked out in the second round.
This year's All-Star festivities were supposed to belong to
Pujols in his home ballpark. But Fielder snatched the spotlight in
the annual All-Star game warmup.