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The 2011 MLB Home Run Derby was pretty much a mirror image of all that came before it. Usually in these things, the first round sees the biggest totals put out, after which the competitors begin to tucker out (especially in the final round). Not this year.
No player even hit TEN HR’s out of Chase Field in the first round, and the second round was pretty pedestrian as well. But then, in the final round, both Adrian Gonzalez and Robinson Cano put on quite a show, with Cano ultimately coming out on top. He had that “pure pull” swing working all night long; looking as if he was doing little more than flicking his wrists to send the ball deep into right field.
Despite the slow start, it was still (as usual) a fun show to watch!
Tonight, Jered Weaver will take the mound for the AL, while Roy “Doc” Halladay will start for the NL in the All-Star Game.
For this year’s Home Run Derby in Arizona, my head tells me not to bet against Jose Bautista…
AL Squad: Jose Bautista, David Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez, Robinson Cano
NL Squad: Matt Holliday, Prince Fielder, Matt Kemp, Rickie Weeks
The Twins killed the White Sox today. Denard Span, Brendan Harris, and Carlos Gomez all homered, and Mark Buehrle was finally brought to justice. A good win to close out the unofficial “first half” of the 2009 regular season. Yet, while watching Sportscenter tonight, it was brought to my attention that this is the sixth straight season that the Twins have finished above the .500 mark at the All-Star Break. Though none of those clubs ever made it out of the first round of the playoffs, that is still quite an achievement nonetheless, and one that should be appreciated. I remember watching Twins baseball back in the late 1990s and wondering if the team would ever get back to this sort of excitement:
Of course, once the Twins DID become competitive again, yet never reached a World Series, we are now all spoiled because they don’t do it every single season:
Sure, the Twins may not win the division this year, but we will (barring a complete collapse) be one of only a handfull of teams with real playoff aspirations come September. Just think about being a fan of the Royals, who are all but mathimatically eliminated each All-Star break, or the number of other teams mired in the bottoms of their respective divisions. At least our Twins have something exciting to play for.
Preview: Tomorrow night is the annual Home Run Derby, including these participants…
American League: Joe Mauer, Nelson Cruz, Brandon Inge, Carlos Pena
National League: Adrian Gonzalez, Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder
Though the NL seems to have the stacked field in this competition, I’m going to go with Pena to win the whole thing. Mauer is my guy, and Pujols is the home-town boy, but that swing of Pena is just made to blast home runs.