Cespedes cranked a ball off the hood of one of the two Chevy trucks parked in centerfield during his 32-home-run barrage. Many players flirted with hitting the truck — as ESPN play-by-play guy Chris Berman so hoped during the broadcast — and a few did, namely Michael Cuddyer and Chris Davis. But it was Cespedes, the man whose home run prowess knew no bounds on Monday, who did it AND got to take home the truck as the derby winner.
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Chris Perry, Chevy's VP of marketing, said of the homer:
"That was an exciting part for us. But that's the reason we put it out there; To give them a target to aim for. Bouncing it off the hood was pretty exciting."
On a happier note: Because of the 103 homers hit in the derby — including five Gold Ball home runs worth $23,000 each — Chevy and MLB are donating $529,000 to charities, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
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