NEW YORK Minnesota's Justin Morneau sneaked into the finals of the Home Run Derby Monday night, and he ended up winning it all in the final home run derby to be held in historic Yankee Stadium.
Some, however, will say Texas' Josh Hamilton lost it.
Hamilton belted 32 homers in the first two rounds including a first-round record 28 but his two-round total didn't carry over into the finals.
Morneau got into the clubhouse with five homers in the final round, and Hamilton couldn't answer.
"I think he got tired. He (Hamilton) was the one that put on the show tonight, and his 28 homers will be remembered more than me winning the thing," Morneau said.
It appeared Hamilton was well on his way to the win the 54,000 fans were anticipating and had three homers with five outs remaining, but he ended with five straight outs, giving Morneau the unexpected crown.
"You wanted to see that story end on a good way (for Hamilton)," Morneau said. "(At the same time) it's something I always dreamed of. I played home run derby in my backyard."
Hamilton, who is hitting .310 with 21 homers and 95 RBIs at the All-Star break, belted a first-round record 28 passing Bobby Abreu's record of 24. Morneau hit eight in the first round and nine more in the second to advance to the finals against Hamilton, who took just a few swings and launched four more homers in the second round to get loose.
Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and Houston's Lance Berkman both hit 14 in the second round.
Hamilton's first round alone put him at No. 10 on the all-time All-Star HR derby list, and more in the final two rounds left him at No. 9.
Berkman and Morneau belted a respectable eight homers each in the first round, and Braun hit seven to advance to the second round, but no one would get close to The Great Hambino's 32 clouts.
Florida's Dan Uggla and Cleveland's Grady Sizemore hit six homers each, finishing just shy of the second round.
Hamilton's first round lasted nearly 45 minutes, and at one point he drilled 13 straight bombs. Morneau had four straight in his first round, Braun had two runs of three straight homers, and Berkman had a rally of three consecutive homers.
Braun rallied to get into the second round after six straight outs to open his first round before finishing with seven.
Philadelphia's Chase Utley finished with five homers, while Tampa Bay rookie Evan Longoria hit just three in his first home run derby.