And who says you can’t hit any home runs at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha?
Texas catcher Tres Barrera capped his incredible freshman All-American season by winning the College Home Run Derby title on Thursday. He had to hold back a stiff challenge from Texas Tech’s Eric Gutierrez, who also reached the finals by blasting 34 homers in the first two rounds.
TD Ameritrade Park is normally a place where home-run balls usually turn into long fly ball outs. That was certainly the case during the College World Series. Texas’ C.J Hinojosa was the first player to slam a ball into the left field bullpen after multiple teams had already been eliminated from the tournament.
But Barrera sent balls flying over the wall with abandon on Thursday.
“It’s crazy, man. We knew what we were capable of doing. I know the nation didn’t think so, but we knew what we could do,” Barrera said, according to the Omaha World-Herald. “We did it all the time in practice back home. We just said, ‘Let’s do it again.’ ”
And if there was any doubt about Barrera’s desire to get better, he wrote the following message on his Twitter account after the event.
Determining how far you can hit a baseball does not define the player you are. Back to work. Cape Cod✈️
— Tres Barrera (@TresBarrera13) July 4, 2014
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