CLEVELAND– It wasn’t the ending Cleveland fans wanted.
Carlos Santana was the No. 7 seed in the Home Run Derby and fell to the Mets’ Pete Alonso in the first round of the Home Run Derby Monday night. He hit 13 dingers, but lost by one.
As Santana swung for the fences, the crowd at Progressive Field chanted, “Let’s go, Los!” He also received the support of his Tribe teammates. Shane Bieber hugged him when he left the field and Carlos Carrasco sported a jersey with the names of the Cleveland All-Stars.
Also eliminated in the first round were the Astros’ Alex Bregman, the A’s Matt Chapman and the Pirates’ Josh Bell.
This is still a dream come true for Santana, a first-time All-Star.
“I’m excited, especially here in Cleveland. I’m going to enjoy it,” Santana said.
Santana, who spent the first seven years of his career with the Tribe, was traded back to Cleveland from Philadelphia in the off season. He’s batting .297 with 19 homers this year.
“I play good because I’m happy,” Santana said.
New York Mets rookie Pete Alonso went on to become the 2019 All-Star Home Run Derby champion.
WALK IT OFF!
— MLB (@MLB) July 9, 2019