He may not have won the Home Run Derby, or even made it to the final round, but Michael Cuddyer made his fans proud while shutting-up the naysayers as he took third with 15 homeruns combined between the first and second round.
The outrage that Cuddyer would be chosen for the Home Run Derby was heard from not only the mainstream media, but many fans nationwide. People questioned Cuddyer and Harper as choices by David Wright, but Cuddyer and Harper went further than everybody but Cespedes, who won the whole thing.
Cuddyer even beat Pedro Alvarez who was brought into replace Carlos Gonzalez. Alvarez was one of the players fans were screaming for ahead of Cuddyer, and Alvarez exited the first round without much of a whimper.