PITTSBURGH -- The Philadelphia Phillies
haven't been big winners for a long time. Thanks to Ryan Howard
and Bobby Abreu
, they're tough to beat in the Home Run Derby.
Howard made certain his first trip to the All-Star Game would be a memorable one, beating out the Mets' David Wright
to give the Phillies their second Derby winner in as many summers.
And what a finish.
After homering into the Allegheny River earlier, the 2005 NL Rookie of the Year's fifth and decisive homer in the championship round banged off a "Hit It Here" sign above the right-field stands to give a lucky fan 500 free round-trip air tickets.
"That'll give the fans in Philly something to cheer about," said Howard, whose 28 homers at the All-Star break are the second most among NL All-Stars.