Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/16/13
Monday night, Yoenis Cespedes wowed the Citi Field crowd, using 17 first-round homers and nine final-round slams -- including an absolutely devastating parting shot -- to beat out seven other star sluggers in a riveting Home Run Derby. Hopefully, the NBA was watching, because it probably could have learned something. The Slam Dunk Contest is basketball's answer to the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Break, but whereas the Derby is as entertaining as ever, the NBA's premier event lost its luster long ago, somewhere around the time the league's biggest stars and best dunkers decided they no longer needed to participate. Save for Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin briefly breathing some life into the event several years ago, the Dunk Contest has felt largely dormant -- and been almost entirely forgettable -- for some time. And in recent years, the lackluster field has gotten progressively worse. Gone are the days of hoping that the game's mega-stars will dunk, as they once did . At thi...
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