Olson joins the Home Run Derby
The Oakland Athletics have a star going in for the Home Run Derby in the All-Star Weekend. Matt Olson is set to play in the contest and there will be a big run ahead of him as the team hopes to see him make history.
Olson was just a kid when he watched his first Home Run Derby in the Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire era - two of the best stars who went toe to toe in Atlanta just a few decades ago.
Back then, Olson was just trying to make his way into holding a bat and get a chance to join in this event. Now he can check that off of his list as he is now set to play in the Home Run Derby this year at the Coors Field in Denver.
Olson is keen to join the competition and hopes he could make his family, friends, and team proud as soon as he steps into the field. This is a chance Olson would surely love to try and win. Having a great batting run is rare for any player, so this is a huge break.
‘It should just be fun’, Olson said. ‘It’s something as a kid, you watch and think it would be cool to do someday. I don't know what my Home Run Derby talent is really like, but I know it'll be fun’.
Olson is set to be the third player for the A’s to win the Home Run Derby. His teammate Matt Chapman was the last player to join the event two years ago but was beaten by the Toronto Blue Jays star Vladimir Guerrero in the first round.
Coach Bob Melvin is pleased to see his star take his time and enjoy the season as a whole. He believes this is a great way to take some stress off of him and help Olson get a better pace in the next set of games.
‘It gives us another reason to watch at least another night of All-Star Week’, the coach said. ‘Guys that are around him, his teammates, know what kind of power he has. This kind of hypes it up for us to tune in and support our guy’.
Olson is set to play with the likes of Shohei Ohtani, Trey Mancini, Trevor Story, Salvador Perez, and defending champ Pete Alonso. This will be a huge story to remember for the A’s if they make history this time.
The club has won the Home Run Derby three times - McGwire won in 1992 and Yoenis Cespedes did it twice in back to back wins in 2013 and 2014. A win would tie the New York Yankees for the most by a club with four.
This might be the big break that Olson is looking for, and he’s got what it takes to thrive.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores