Home Run Derby pyrotechnics freak Ronald Acuna out

The Home Run Derby is one of the most exciting events of the year for Major League Baseball — maybe too exciting, if you ask Braves star Ronald Acuna.

Acuna, one of eight participants in the event, was on stage during Monday night’s player introduction at Dodger Stadium before the festivities began. As Jose Ramirez and Juan Soto – a first-round match – crossed the stage to greet each other, an explosion of flames erupted just behind Acuna, who ran off the stage as if he thought he was in fire.

Mariners star Julio Rodriguez, who was standing next to him, pointed to the stage pyrotechnic machine as everyone seemed to share a laugh.

Then, when the final game of the first round between Kyle Schwarber and Albert Pujols was announced, the machine kicked in again – and Acuna, having none of it, walked away again, Ramirez joining him this time.

Ronald Acuna panics over pyrotechnics before the Home Run Derby.

Acuna lost in the first round to two-time defending champion Pete Alonso. However, Alonso was beaten in the second round by Rodriguez, who put on a show throwing 32 dingers in the first round and 31 in the second round.

Rodriguez then faced Soto in the final round, where his magic ran out, losing to the 23-year-old superstar.

New York Post

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