Giambi outslugs Sosa for HR title

Tuesday, July 9, 2002

MILWAUKEE -- Once again, when it comes to home run hitting, Sammy Sosa is No. 2.

Jason Giambi overcame Sosa's dazzling display of longballs early in the All-Star Home Run Derby and easily beat Sosa 7-1 in the final Monday night.

After Sosa hit seven 500-foot homers in the first two rounds, including three that left Miller Park on the fly, the Chicago Cubs slugger could only go deep once in the final.

That wasn't nearly enough to beat Giambi.

"I love it," Giambi said. "It's unbelievable."

With thunder cracking and lightning visible outside during the final round and Miller Park's roof leaking, Giambi got off to a quick start with four homers after three outs.

Giambi, hitting off Yankees coach Willie Randolph, had seven longballs before making out on his final four swings.

"It's gotten hot in here ever since they closed the roof," Giambi said. "It's like a sauna in here."

Sosa made out on his first five swings in the final against Cubs bullpen catcher Benny Cadahia before changing bats. Sosa hit only one homer with the new lumber.

Sosa, the runner-up in the NL homer race three of the past four years, finished second in the Derby for the second straight year. He lost to Arizona's Luis Gonzalez last year in Seattle.

But Sosa easily put on the best show of the night. His 12 homers traveled 5,719 feet, including the first two balls ever hit out of the 2-year-old ballpark.

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