2009 Homerun Derby Thread

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Josh Hamilton pwningIt’s hard to believe the 2009 Homerun Derby is already upon us, it seems like we’re just now coming down from the Josh Hamilton high of last year (no pun intended, I swears it). Ben and I were in the rightfield upper deck for that show, and it’s hard to imagine anyone one-upping that anytime soon. It would be cool if someone did though.

Here are the eight participants, listed alphabetically because I have no idea what order they’re going in.

American League
Nelson Cruz
Brandon Inge
Joe Mauer
Carlos Pena

National League
Adrian Gonzalez
Prince Fielder
Ryan Howard
Albert Pujols

Just so I can gloat later, my money’s on Pena. Enjoy the Derby.

Photo Credit: Julie Jacobson, AP

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  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Pujols. In his home ball park. (With the candlestick)

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Drinking Game:

    Everytime Chris Berman says “Back, back, back…”, etc.

    or

    Everytime Peter Gammons manages to squeeze in a compliment about the Red Sox.

    Either way, you’re getting hammered.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Hahahahaha!

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      I only half half a split wine bottle left though!

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        It won’t take long. 8:07, 8:08 tops.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          If you want to REALLY get hammered, just take a shot every time Berman makes an ass of himself.

          Which is pretty much every time he opens his mouth.

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            Or, everytime Berman loses his breath at the end of a sentence.

      • ArodMVP217 Retire 51

        If gammons was pretty ridiculous with tazawa and kelly, although kelly did impress me with his control

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          Really his control was nothing special, unless your name is Joba. ZZZINNNNGGG!!

    • Sean C

      How about a drink every time Berman gives someone a ridiculous, nonsensical nickname? That’s what my friends and I planned.

  • Nady Nation

    Adrien Gonzalez FTW

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Spelling his name wrong, ftl. ;)

      • Nady Nation

        Jeez, never good when you fuck up the name of your pick.

  • ArodMVP217 Retire 51

    I want to see Prince go on a run

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Way to heavy. Will be exhausted by the end of Round 2. He is my pick for the longest homer of the night though.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    I’m amazed at how fast fans have dumped Joba. I thought he was so popular, but in every Halladay trade/fan poll I’ve seen, he is by FAR the one they’d most like to see traded for Doc.

    I’d trade either (not both) Hughes or Joba, because Halladay is THAT special a pitcher. But I thought it would be more evenly split between him and Hughes.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      It just goes to show you what the power of tEh EiGtH will do.

    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

      It’s the “what have you done lately” phenomenon, I suppose.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Its that, but I also think the comments he’s made recently have REALLY turned fans off. They think he doesn’t care, or that he’s a spoiled brat athlete. They don’t understand the value of putting things behind you as a pitcher.

        IPK was trying to say the same thing last year, and was equally misunderstood and excoriated for it.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          +A lot. I always find it silly when people get pissy if pitchers don’t beat themselves up over bad outings.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            They shouldn’t, but there’s a way to say these things and a way not to. Especially here in NY. Joba just hasn’t learned how to do that yet.

        • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

          That’s true, too.

    • ArodMVP217 Retire 51

      What have you done for me lately, joba is not above reproach.

      I wouldn’t trade any

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      It’s insane. Really.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I agree. There’s no way you’re getting Doc w/o including one of Joba or Hughes, it’s just not going to happen.

      The thing is that Joba’s missing some velocity whereas Hughes has picked some up. Hughes is also a year younger and has a year less of service time. Hughes also appears to be a bit more levelheaded, but that part is based on observation and not fact.

      Personally, yeah, I would like to see them make a run at Doc. They’re in a position to do some damage in the postseason, and they’d have him for this year’s run and next year’s as well. Mo, Jorge and Jeter aren’t getting any younger.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        So, what package would you give up?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          It’s Roy Halladay, so you have to give up two studs and feel pain, but you can’t give up Joba and Montero in the same package. Maybe if Halladay was signed for another year or two, but not just one.

          I’d start with Joba and Jackson, and offer Pena since they can use a shortstop. Add in a low level/high upside arm like Betances or Arodys (preferably Betances), and you might have yourself a deal. It would be nice if Pena could hit a little bit more though.

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

            I could live with that.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              The problem is that Pena probably isn’t enough.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            George King of the Post (I know) had Hughes or Joba, Austin Jackson and Austin Romine as the framework of a deal. That sounds about right to me.

          • Ivan

            The Jays would probably want Hughes and Montero in the same deal.

            If your the Jays Mike, would you accept a deal of Joba, A-Jax, Pena and Betances? Be fair.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              I’d want a better shortstop. Someone like Lowrie or Brignac or Brandon Wood.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        I’m with you Mike. Roy Halladay is so special, and it even goes beyond his own performances as AJ will be the first to tell you. The way this team has played against the better teams (Sox/Phillies/Angels) has to concern you a bit as a fan who’s looking for this team to go deep into the playoffs. A bold move isn’t a crazy thing to do.

        http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/?p=5397

        Anyway, here’s my take on it. Too much to unpack to get into here.

    • Tom Zig

      I like to check other sites to see what the irrational fan is thinking, and there are lots of hypothetical trade proposals floating about that have Joba + some others for (insert big name player here)

      • For lack of a more creative name.. Alex

        I saw one that said David Robertson and Melky…

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          D-Rob and Melky for Han-Ram.

          • pat

            throw in teh oogla and now we’re talkin.

            • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

              I think we should get Josh Johnson, too. I’m sure they’d want Igawa, though.

    • Ivan

      It just shows you how fickel fans can be.

      First Hughes was the darling and then Joba was the darling and now it’s sorta back to Hughes.

      Both are young pitchers who are not immune to trials and tribulations of baseball life (or life period).

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        If this situation arose at the same time last year, everyone would say to trade Hughes.

        • pat

          Exactly.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Mariano Rivera will win the Home Run Derby.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      He probably could.

      • Michael W.

        Very doubtful.

    • Tom Zig

      I lost to him in MVP Baseball 2005. Apparently on All-Star mode he can hit 400 foot bombs.

  • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

    I’m pretty excited for the Ball Track technology they’re introducing. see: http://www.hardballtimes.com/m.....-baseball/

  • E Mills

    Prince all the way

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    David Cook? I immediately regret the decision to turn on ESPN.

    • For lack of a more creative name.. Alex

      yea pretty hard to sit through that.

  • Salty Buggah

    Maybe Pena messes him swing up. That can only be good for us

    • pat

      Pena is my choice to win. So yeah, I hope he gets abreu’d

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Damn, singing really shouldn’t be this hard.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    I could let you all know about my taste of music but then I’d never see the light of RAB again. So I won’t

  • Salty Buggah

    Fiedler looks like Lebron’s fat brother

    • E Mills

      lol

    • Accent Shallow

      Black people have names like Lenny and white people have names like Carl

      • Accent Shallow

        Whoops!

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Scouts say the really like his backside.

      or is it upside?

  • Accent Shallow

    Brandon Inge? Everyone else must have backed out. (I know, he’s having a great year and hitting bombs, but Brandon Inge? Really?)

    • pat

      His stature is pedroia-esque.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      It’s cos everyone knows Pujols is gonna win it.

    • Ivan

      That’s like having Rudy Fernandez at the slam dunk contest lol.

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      I really like Brandon Inge! I mean…I really like Brandon Inge.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bZAuH7pSgc

  • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

    Bwahahaha, one day HOFer Steve Phillips.

  • Mike R. – Retire 21

    I say Nelson Cruz will surprise everyone and take the title. Or in text shorthand N. Cruz FTW.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Two deals on the table.

    -Cliff Lee for Austin Jackson, Zachary McCallister, Mark Melancon

    -Roy Halladay for Joba Chamberlain, Austin Jackson, Austin Romine and Dave Robertson.

    You’re Brian Cashman, pick one.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Hey that’s my Lee trade!! I take Lee.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        What, do you think I have an ounce of creativity? I’m just smart enough to steal a little from a lot of places, so I don’t get caught too often.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Doc. Lee predictably came back to down to Earth this year. Halladay’s a true difference maker.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        +1

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Yeah, although I’m intrigued by the lower cost to the organization and Lee in Yankee Stadium, I still do the Halladay deal. He puts you over the top, Lee doesn’t.

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

        Lee is having a very good year, and the cost should be much lower. I would rather have Lee+Joba than Halladay.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          Who loses their rotation spot when you bring in Lee?

          Yes, Wang’s healthy. I’m not going to make it THAT easy.

          • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

            If Wang is healthy prior to the deadline, I doubt they trade for a big time starter, and go more the Washburn route, someone on the next tier. Whatever they do, if Wang is still injured at the break, you plug the hole first and then worry about “too much pitching.” That’s what they did when they got Abreu even though Sheff was coming back, and it made sense. If I had to pull someone from the rotation, it would be Andy, but the Yankees would probably send Joba to AAA before bringing him back in the pen in September.

            • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

              Agreed. Andy stays and Joba either goes to the pen or AAA. Scranton is tempting, but I’ll bet they send him to the pen.

    • Accent Shallow

      None of the above. I’m sure Lee is going to turn back into a pumpkin, and he’s not exactly young. Halladay is clearly awesome, and flags fly forever, but I can imagine that deal really coming back to screw the Yankees.

  • Salty Buggah

    Pujols is the only MLB player with 8 straight 30 HR seasons?

    A-rod says hi…The thing they should have said that he is the only one with 30 HR in his FIRST 8 seasons.

    How cool would it be if Pujols won in his hometown?

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      11 in a row! Damn!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    What is going to be more annoying to sit through: Berman’s commentary tonight or the G.I. Joe movie?

  • E Mills

    I’d like to see some sort of skills competition for the fielders. I don’t know what that would entail, but I’m sure someone alot more creative than I could conjure up something

  • Salty Buggah

    Imagine this HR Derby in TEH BANDBOX…

    I’d love to be there catching all of those balls.

    • pat

      THATS WHAT SHE SAID HIYOOOOOOOOOOOOO

      • Salty Buggah

        Why would she catch balls?

        • pat

          I don’t know actually.

          I heard one of the cool kids use that phrase here one time.

  • pat

    Holy crap is that the guy who invented the “jump to conclusion matt” in Office Space?

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Raise your e-hand if you think this is a dumb promotion?

    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

      *e-hand raised*

      My head spun with all of the different promos for the derby.

    • For lack of a more creative name.. Alex

      +1

  • Salty Buggah

    LOL at Albert patient on batting practice pitches

  • pat

    Pujols should have Brad Lidge throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

  • pat

    No sundress? I love you newayz.

  • Ivan

    Iight if the jays called the yanks and said look:

    We are willing to take Hughes/Joba and Montero with a lesser talented players with Pena and Cevelli. Would you guys make that deal?

    • Accent Shallow

      No.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      I’d rather hold onto Montero.

    • pat

      No Montero, they can have Romine and a prospect better than Pena/Cervelli. Maybe a Z-MAc.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Montero’s off limits. We have enough Catchers to work around him and still make a deal.

  • Salty Buggah

    I’d like to see Miguel Cabrera instead of Inge but oh well

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    I like watching the kids trying to catch the balls. It’s funny.

    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

      Lucky kids.

    • http://anewfrontier.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      Hey, I’m, at best, as good as they are. YOU HURT MY FEELINGS!!!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW @ Cruz’s 8th.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    HOLY MOTHERFUCKER

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    That was a bomb. Dayum.

    • Salty Buggah

      Damn my computer froze, what was the distance?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        No idea, but it was fourth deck. The section above Big Mac Land.

  • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

    Yeah lame Berman nickname. Let us enjoy the amazing bombs. I’d mute it but mom has the clicker.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    I was watching the ’99 Derby yesterday, McGwire set the single round record with 13. Stuart Scott interviewed him after and said “we’ll never forget the number 13.”

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Stan Musial = most underrated HOFer?

    • Ivan

      Yup.

      Arugubaly the best pure hitter not name Ruth or Williams.

      • pat

        I assume you mean Fear, not Ted.

  • EB

    Brett Gardner will win with infinity number of inside the park HRs… the ballkids cant keep up

  • pat

    Albert please stay in the booth the rest of this competition.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Seriously.

    • For lack of a more creative name.. Alex

      aww crap Albert is gone and now Berman is back.

    • VO

      He still would hit 30 homers.

  • Salty Buggah

    Albert’s pretty smart. He’s knows more about other players’ swings and strengths/weaknesses than most of the announcers do.

  • http://anewfrontier.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    So who’s hit the best HR so far?

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Prince’s 497 is pretty baller.

      • http://anewfrontier.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        Dammmmmmmn

  • Ivan

    Your 2014 Home Run Derby winner will be Montero. Just watch.

    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

      He certainly can’t be any worse than Mike Piazza in the derby.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Your 2014 Home Run Derby Triple Crown winner will be Montero. Just watch.

      Yep.

    • Pasqua

      Can I turn the channel between now and then?

  • pat

    No joke I’d LOVE to be on the field trying to shag some fly balls. That would be awesome.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      +497

    • Ivan

      Word right.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Half of LoHud is all ZOMG TRADE MONTERO HE’S OVERHYPED

    And I’m like,

    “No.”

    • pat

      Exactly why you shouldn’t waste your time with that noise. They all pretend like they know shit.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Did you hear Betsy get recognized by Kim Jones on WFAN this morning?

      Any chance you’ll be calling in manana?

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        It’s really tempting…I’ve been waking up too late but I really want to try it!

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          Oh come on. They’re on from 10-2:00. Nobody sleeps THAT late. I’ll be listening for your call tomorrow. . . . .

  • Salty Buggah

    I wonder if Mlb.com will have like a replay or something, it is showing it live for free but this damn internet keeps stopping, damn router.

  • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

    Inge takes pride in his Home Run Derby performance.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    F
    A
    I
    L

  • For lack of a more creative name.. Alex

    Awww, poor little Inge.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Oh dear Mo, Joe Buck and Joe Morgan simultaneously.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      With Berman and Phillips peppering the conversation. Kill me now.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        All we need is Michael Kay, Hawk Harrelson, Dennis Eckersley and Tim McCarver, then we’re good to go.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Joe: everyone loves your dad. Everyone hates you. STFU, plz.

  • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

    Now Joe Buck is there? If they have Tim McCarver in there, my head will explode.

    • Dela G

      that will be tomorrow

  • Ivan

    Not enough grit by Inge there.

  • E Mills

    is this guy gunning the pitches lol

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    That jeans commercial they just showed was cool because it included a clip from The Searchers.

  • Darthsodomizer

    WTF, Could they be more rude to Prince and Gonzo. Just don’t mention the fact that the dude hit a 497 foot bomb, and I didn’t even know Gonzo was done. FAIL

    • cjc

      but but joe buck

  • Salty Buggah

    I remember when I hit my 1st HR…it was from my left side (natural righty). I was 16 and playing my neighborhood park and it is HUGE. I crushed a soft underhand throw to straight center, at least 400 ft. Felt so proud. But the next day that ball fell out of my glove and I didn’t notice. When I did, I saw it roll down the gutter. :(

    • http://anewfrontier.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      Niiice. My first was an oppo shot to left when I was 13/14…barely 290 feet though!

      • Salty Buggah

        Damn, that’s young. I didn’t start playing baseball until I was 10. I worked real hard to be a switch-hitter.(I have never played on a team though) I had hit the fence in that park several times before. This time, it just carried and hit someone’s house. I try to pull all the time but just can’t. I hit to center most of the time and opposite field other times.

        • http://anewfrontier.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

          I was born ambidextrous, so my friends recommended that I try batting righty, where I had a more mechanically sound swing, but all I could muster was, essentially, a swinging bunt. But lefty I can only pull the ball!

          • Salty Buggah

            Lucky. I made my swing from the right side exactly like A-rod’s and that helped my power a lot, though my AVG would go down slightly. My lefty swing I just got. It’s like a combination of Tex’s and Cano’s. Initially when I was learning, I used to try Larry Walker’s and Todd Helton’s but that didn’t work well. So I just went to my natural swing.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      I only ever hit one HR in my life, and it was in summer camp.

      I don’t remember anything except I hit that ball and everyone was shocked b/c I usually strike out on three pitches…

  • pat

    “This guy can be a sleeper too*.” (After proclaiming Inge would be a sleeper)

    “He has an uppercut swing”

    This is professional analysis.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    I’m over Josh Hamilton.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He’s gone from a great story and a tremendous player to overrated.

  • Salty Buggah

    The furthest Inge hit the ball is 272 ft!

  • TheLastClown

    “Defense wins championships. Offense gets you paid.”

  • daneptizl

    McNulty is terrible…

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    This dude kinda looks like Kenny Rogers.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    I’m relatively certain this is the first time I’ve ever heard Roy Halladay speak.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Same here. I expected a more authoritative voice.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        As much as I love him, I was semi-disappointed the first time I heard Cole Hamels speak.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          He makes Gerrit Cole sound like James Earl Jones.

      • V

        He actually always seemed kind of quiet to me. Just goes about his business.

        Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter – best 1-2 tandem developed by a team in the past 10 years (even though Carpenter had his best success elsewhere)?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          Colon and Sabathia?

          Hudson, Mulder, Zito?

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

            Hughes and Chamberlain.

            Trust me.

            • For lack of a more creative name.. Alex

              I trust you 100% on this one.

              • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

                Good. Good.

          • Dela G

            hudson mulder zito are the best this decade in trio

            my god were they a murderer’s row

          • pat

            Smoltz and Maddux.

            • pat

              And Glavine, duh.

            • V

              Not last decade ;-)

              I’ll give Mulder/Hudson/Zito, even though none were anything special after leaving Oakland.

              Haren for Mulder trade = AWFUL.

              • pat

                Eh, I guess you got me on a technicality. In the long run, the braves trio kills the few good years the OAK boys put together.

                • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

                  Word, but I think Glavine is very overrated. Someone, I think it was Accent Shallow, said that Glavine’s peripherals were “dog shit” but he somehow won a shit ton of games.

                • pat

                  Hahaha, well I wouldn’t classify them as “dog shit” per se. From 1991-2002 he sported a 125 ERA+. if you take out his 2 bad years of 109 and 106 that brings it up to a 137. That’s pretty dominant. I’d rather hve a guy with shitty peripherals but good results than a guy like Javy Vazquez who has great peripherals but not so great results.

                • pat

                  He also has a career 3.54 ERA w/ a 1.31 WHIP and averaged 220 innings a year. He wasn’t flat out dominant but he was a hell of a pitcher for a solid decade.

    • Salty Buggah

      heh me too

  • pat

    Perhaps these guys would be hitting more homeruns if the pitchers were wearing Yankee uniforms.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

    This ball tracker looks like a teleporting Power Ranger.

    All heading back to the Command Center for Zordon’s instructions and stuff

    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

      Taste the rainbow!

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      The yellow tail is really annoying, but I L-O-V-E the running # of feet counter as the ball travels. Very cool.

  • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

    Hopefully, this Little Al becomes good as the other Little Al.

  • pat

    This movie w/ Patton Oswalt, “Big fan” looks pretty awesome.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-i42Mrw3no

  • Superfluous Stan

    sign that kid now

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    “Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman has signed with an agent.

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman, who defected this month after arriving with his national team for a tournament in the Netherlands, has signed with an agent.

    Chapman will be represented by Athletes Premier International, which is headed by Edwin Leonel Mejia. If Chapman follows the path of previous Cuban baseball players who defected, he would establish residency outside the United States and become a free agent, able to sign with any of the 30 major league teams.

    “I am very excited to be starting a new chapter in my life and have Edwin and the rest of the team at Athletes Premier by my side to help me realize my dreams,” Chapman said in a statement Monday.

    Chapman pitched twice for Cuba in this year’s World Baseball Classic.”

    http://www.google.com/hostedne.....gD99DNEG00

  • Eirias

    Pujols is the reason my FB team is winning. Go Albert.

    • Steve in PDX

      my superior drafting and ability to pick sleepers such as pujols is the reason my team in winning ;)

      • Eirias

        The thing is, I was unforgivably late to the start of my FB draft and Pujols was auto-picked. Despite the obvious evidence pointing to him as the best, I probably wouldn’t have picked him.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        My superior trading skills got me Pujols without giving up my Hanley where both are keeping me in first.

  • Eirias

    So, as Rinku Singh picks up his first win in A, is there any chance either brother actually does something vaguely impressive in baseball, or must we wait for the second or third Indian wave?

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      India is a sleeping giant in all sports, in my opinion.

      • Eirias

        I agree. The bell curve is an amazing thing. Much like Yao Ming and Wang Zhizhi in the NBA, the simple fact of India’s absurdly huge population suggests that there must be true MLB talent.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          I think with India, its more than the bell curve though. There is alot of big people in India. Its all economics. The more money that country has, the more the sports programs wil get better.`

      • Salty Buggah

        I agree. I’m gonna be the next big thing from India.;) I’ve got some serious athletic ability.

        Varsity Basketball here…and I didn’t even learn about B-ball until I was in 3rd grade and didn’t play it until 7th.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          Despite her being born in England, the next big Indian is Reshma Shetty. hhhmmmm. Nice.

          • Salty Buggah

            I like Priyanka Chopra

            • Andy In Sunny Daytona

              And you can’t forget Aishwarya Rai. She’s a classic.

              • Salty Buggah

                yea but she’s married now

                • Andy In Sunny Daytona

                  Yeah, cause that’s the only thing separating her and me.

                • Salty Buggah

                  Yea same here. I also like Celina Jaitley and my favorite is Katrina Kaif.

    • pat

      They’re not brothers.

      • http://anewfrontier.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        When I first saw this, I thought it said, “They’re not my brothers.” Lol

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          I wouldn’t be surprised if they were both Pat’s kids, though. You never know that Pat.

          • pat

            Hey Luda, screw area codes I got hoes in different country codes.

            • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

              Haha, IETC.

          • http://anewfrontier.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

            IETC.

      • Eirias

        I stand corrected.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Steve Phillips, there are more games in the first half than second half.

  • Nate

    Anyone else notice that Pena has a devil ray on his sleeve?

    • Kay Sturns

      yea, D Jennings had it too

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      The Rays still have it on their uniforms.

      • Nate

        Huh… Did not know. I thought all they had was that stupid sparkle thing.

  • pat

    That David Wright commercial was PAINFUL.

  • Eirias

    Any chance the Yankees try to make a minor league deal with Ryan? Would he take it?

    • yankeefan91 Arod fan

      ill take a flier on him on a minor league deal no risk.

  • Drew

    I envisioned Prince’s kids to be larger.. lol

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Albert just said he should of started with the leg kick earlier.

  • Pasqua

    Pujols looks to be enjoying this experience about as much as a prostate exam.

    • Tank the Frank

      That’s about how much I’m enjoying it. This thing should’ve been over twenty minutes ago.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        +1. This is getting horribly boring.

        • Tank the Frank

          ESPN just drags things out so painfully long.

  • Riddle

    Imagine a Home Run Derby at New Yankee Stadium…

    • Sean C

      That’s how ESPN’s been describing the stadium this whole season. Just ask Buster Olney.

  • Tank the Frank

    Does anyone think the Yanks will land Aroldis Chapman? Cuz I do. The Yankees have put such an emphasis on pitching prospects over the last several years, and if I’m not mistaken the Yanks took a good number of LHP in the draft this year. Looks like they recognize the need for LHP with the NYS.

    • pat

      If they like him I do think they’ll land him. They may see something in his medical files or something in his windup they don’t like and could shy away. We’re still spending money since george left but now we’re spending it in the right places not just for the sake of spending money.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    This is so lame. ESPN ruins everything.

    • Dela G

      well at least you still have your pena prediction… :P

    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

      Oh don’t get me started on what they did yesterday.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        The long rain delay or…?

        • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

          Totally different sport, in fact. I’m a huge motor racing fan and the way they cover IndyCar racing is (and has been for a while) quite pathetic. Now, I’m not expecting greatness since it’s probably below the WNBA on its totem pole but it is sad the people they hire and the “production” they have.

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

            Well, let’s be honest. The way they cover most sports is now pathetic.

          • pat

            Haha the same way pablo misread one of my commets to think it was funny I totally thought you said you were huge motor BOATING fan. I was like, Damn me too!

  • BigBlueAL

    Im watching the 1995 All-Star game on MLB Network. Wade Boggs only Yankee in starting lineup.

  • Cokie

    Man, prince fielder is such a fatass. My prediction is he breaks down by the time he hits 31. Why don’t some of these guys want to take care of themselves?

    • pat

      He’s a vegetarian first of all, and as countless players have shown you don’t have to be of the typical athletic build to be successful at baseball. That along with a bunch of other things is why it’s America’s past time. You can be short and fat or tall and skinny or anything in between.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      That’s my complaint about Ken Griffey Jr. Really? You can’t stay in any better shape? He’s 39, but looks 49. Just retire if you don’t want to take the game seriously.

    • Marcus

      He’s nothing compared to his father. But I’m sure it’s a “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” kind of thing.

  • Nady Nation

    Do people actually enjoy the Home Run Derby that much? Not trying to sound like a dick, just genuinely curious. Personally, I enjoyed it a lot more in my teenage or younger years. Now? Meh.

    • BigBlueAL

      To me the stadium helps alot. Ditto having superstars in the event.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Yeah, I used to enjoy it a lot more. Now, it’s just too long and drawn out. There’s no reason for this thing to take ~3 hours.

      • pat

        Yup, it’s now all about the moolah and the ESPN talking heads fellating each other and the other celebrity guests. Just think of all the commercials they can sell!!

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          I would, however, like to play in the Celebrity Softball Game.

          • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

            I saw it last year. Maria Menounos got booed like crazy. Good times.

  • pat

    For anybody that’s bored, a nice E.Andrews slideshow..

    http://bleacherreport.com/arti.....atest-hits

    • BigBlueAL

      You know Jeter is hitting it later tonight.

      • pat

        O for sure.

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  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Finally.

  • VO

    Anyone else watching the Celebrity Softball game?

    • pat

      Haha I was about to turn it off but I’m suddenly intrigued by Nelly’s presence.

      • pat

        Wow he just made a pretty nice catch.

        • VO

          And a homer, he’s doing it for you pat.

          • pat

            Nelly so far has been more entertaining than the entire homerun derby.

            • VO

              No argument there.

            • pat

              And Jenna Fischer is absolutely adorable.

        • pat

          and an oppo homer.