Oops ESPN did it again.
In the Home Run Derby held at T-Mobile Park in Seattle on Monday, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. emerged as the winner ahead of the All-Star Game scheduled for Tuesday.
There may have been some expectations at ESPN for a different outcome.
In the final round, Vlad Jr. defeated Randy Arozarena with a score of 25-23 to claim the crown. After the Toronto Blue Jays’ powerhouse secured the victory, ESPN displayed a graphic that incorrectly labeled him as the second Cuban-born HR Derby champion, alongside Yoenis Cespedes.
Well this is awkward since Vlad A) is Dominican, not Cuban, and B) was born in Canada pic.twitter.com/b7NMSBNuAr
— Ethan Fisher (@efisher330) July 11, 2023
This mistake arose from several reasons. Firstly, Guerrero Jr. was actually born in Canada while his father, Vlad Sr., was playing for the Montreal Expos.
Subsequently, he grew up in the Dominican Republic.
The intended recipient of the graphic was likely Arozarena, who was born in Cuba but sought refuge in Mexico before later joining the St. Louis Cardinals.
This win marks Vlad Jr.’s first Home Run Derby championship in two attempts.
Notably, both he and his father, who won the derby in 2007, have become the first father-son duo to claim victory in this event.