Cespedes Not Nervous in the Big Moment

by Julian Atienza, JT Mercurio
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Cespedes: "I was really into a rhythm and felt like I could put on a show."

Last night, Yoenis Cespedes put on an impressive laser show in the Home Run Derby, becoming the first non-All Star to win.

Cespedes made the spacious Citi Field look small, consistently hitting line drives well into the Left Field Promenade seats. Having watched batting practice before Mets games for half a season, I can safely say Cespedes hit baseballs to parts of the park where no baseballs have gone before.

A highly touted Cuban prospect, Cespedes has remained under the radar of most casual fans, who are more familiar with phenoms like Bryce Harper (who had an excellent derby as the runner up) and Mike Trout.  But after his performance under the bright lights in Flushing, Queens, it's safe to say that fans know who he is now.

Hear what Cespedes had to say (through translator Pedro Gomez) about his historic performance below:

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Cespedes was happy to be there On the crowd On his homeland, Cuba On being invited to the Home Run Derby On hitting at Citi Field

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