Jul
12

2010 Home Run Derby Thread

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"Wait, Vernon was serious about being in this thing?" (Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP)

I think we all share the same opinion on the Home Run Derby: It’s fun for a while, but in general the damn thing is just too long. Oh, and the participants. Why not get some actual, you know, home run hitters in there? Adam Dunn, Mark Reynolds, Carlos Pena … get those guys in the competition. No one wants to see Vernon Wells hit three balls just over the fence. But I digress.

We Yankee fans actually have a rooting interest in this year’s event, since Man of the People Nick Swisher is slated to participate. He’s going to swing lefthanded (12 of his 15 homers have come as a lefty) and have Tony Pena pitch to him, but he’s going to have to deal with that big wall in right-center. David Golebiewski at FanGraphs did a real in-depth breakdown of the Derby contestants, so make sure you give that a read if you haven’t already.

Here are the eight contestants, not necessarily in order…

American League
Miguel Cabrera
David Ortiz
Nick Swisher
Vernon Wells

National League
Corey Hart
Matt Holliday
Hanley Ramirez
Chris Young

My money’s on Matt Holliday, but of course I’ll be pulling for Swish. The fun starts at 8 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPN.

Categories : Open Thread
  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    I like MLBN’s full-time coverage of the All-Star Game but oh my goodness Kevin Millar is just unbearable.

    • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > DP)

      Kevin Millar has diarrhea at the mouth and is incredibly stupid, the latter is incurable.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    He’s going to swing lefthanded

    /InigoMontoya’d

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    Gary Sanchez is crack.

    Just sayin’.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Don’t fall too much in love with teenagers playing in the Gulf Coast League. They’re very raw, and they have a very long road ahead of them to minors. Five years ago, you’d never have heard of Gary Sanchez, and now you’re expecting the world out of someone ten years younger than I am.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        why take the fun out of it?

        party pooper.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Kabak’s like the anti-Viagra.

        • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

          why take the fun out of it?

          One of our (admittedly lofty) goals here is to try to make sure our readers are educated enough to a full grasp of what’s happening with the Yanks, but that also means understanding when to obsess over prospects and when not to. The internet has contributed to rise in attention to the minors across the board. That’s both good and bad, but when people are watching daily GCL gamelogs, it’s a bit much.

          I don’t mean to be a party pooper! I just want to be a realist here. Gary Sanchez ought to be in 11th grade. We need some perspective on these kids.

          • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

            I totally understand, he’s a 17 year old kid.

            I’m enjoying it for the pure fantasy value of the thing, but it’ll be a long time, as in many years, before my expectations are actually set.

            • ZZ

              Will it really be many years?

              Montero started to make real noise as an 18 year old in Charleston. He was rated by BA as the 38th best prospect in baseball as an 18 year old.

              And by most if not all accounts, Sanchez is more advanced than Montero at the same age.

              Far from guaranteeing this will happen, but it is realistic.

              • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

                ..Montero is currently struggling big time (for the year) in AAA. I think bringing up Montero contributes to the point, not against it.

                • ZZ

                  A bad half season has barely if at all changed the perception of Montero. It has been written many times that scouts have not changed their opinion of him. Nor should it. It is just half a season vs a track record of mashing.

                  Also, Montero’s defense holds him back. On many teams Montero would already be in the majors.

                • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

                  An OPS of .750 isn’t struggling big time specially for a 20 year old.

                  • ZZ

                    Yeah. Struggling big time is Wilson Ramos who is 2 years older than Montero. Yet, he was still viewed as a guy who could be an integral piece to net Cliff Lee.

                    A bad few months doesn’t change the perception of prospects.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            “Gary Sanchez ought to be in have just completed the 11th grade. We need some perspective here.”

            /preemptivestriketoavoidpotentialambiguityandconfusion’d

            • Pete

              I was 17 when I completed the 12th grade, so even that’s not totally true

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                So was I, but I’m assuming that Sanchez (who was born in December, 1992) wasn’t allowed to go to kindergarten until he was a full 5 years old, which would make his first day of school in September, 1998 which makes him a member of the class of 2011.

                I’m going to go out on a limb and say you’re a midsummer birthday like me, Pete. I turned 18 two months after my graduation.

                • Pete

                  yuppers. lucky no. 19’s coming up in seventeen days…I’m trying to figure out what’s significant about being 19, and I can’t think of anything. Kindof a boring year, I expect.

          • ZZ

            While I see your point about not getting too caught up/excited about these kids in the GCL, there are legitimate reasons beyond the numbers that make me see why people would want to follow Sanchez.

            Obviously the Yankees think very highly of him because of the huge signing bonus and the Yankees have a fantastic track record in recent years with IFA signings.

            Also, some people that regularly follow these kids have said he is one of the best catching prospects they have ever seen at his age. Also, personally I have heard that from a couple people who have seen him play so it goes beyond the internet stories.

            Finally, a very well respected scout/”prospect follower” (for lack of a better phrase), in Frankie P rated him as the 25th best prospect in baseball because of his upside.

            This isn’t like following Pat Venditte who just puts up sparkling numbers with no real substance to go along with it.

            I wouldn’t be penciling him into the Yankee lineup right now, but I definitely see real reasons why people are excited to follow him.

          • Mikey from South Beach

            The Yankees gave Mr. Sanchez a 3 million dollar signing bonus. 3 million is showing love.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Ben, the best thing about your statement is that you get to keep telling us about not falling in love with a teenager for the next two years as well.

        “Don’t fall in love with an 18-year old in Charleston”
        “Don’t fall in love with a 19-year old in Tampa-Trenton”.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Ben, the best thing about your statement is that you get to keep telling us about not falling in love with a teenager for the next two years as well.

          Well, he’s a lawyer in training. He’s just trying to save us from committing a statutory offense.

          • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

            “Don’t fall in love with an 18-year old in Charleston”
            “Don’t fall in love with a 19-year old in Tampa-Trenton”.

            Well, he’s a lawyer in training. He’s just trying to save us from committing a statutory offense.

            /Puritan’d

        • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

          Nah. If he does this again in Charleston, I’m all prepared to fall in love with an 18-year-old in Charleston. The jump between the Gulf Coast League and even low Single A is quite substantial.

        • Accent Shallow

          I’ll be honest — it took me most of 2008 to believe in Montero.

      • RollingWave

        5 years ago he was 12.

      • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21
  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Nothing will beat 2008 for me. Last year’s was absolute garbage.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      My favorite home run derby was that one where all that stuff happened with those guys in it…

      You know, that one.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      You mean when the State Farm guy called Justin Morneau “Jason”?

    • pollo

      oh, you mean when Pujols kept getting thrown sliders?

      Absolute joke.

  • Tackaberry

    I was watching Sportscenter around 2 PM this afternoon and Krug picked Robinson Cano to win the HR Derby. I don’t think he will be winning any in-office bet.

  • Gil L

    “Five years ago, you’d never have heard of Gary Sanchez”

    that’s a funny line, as 5 years ago, sanchez was 12…
    i think it’s quite legit to follow his progress and get excited, as he was given the largest signing bonus ever for a non-draftee.

    btw, today he went just 3 for 6, no HR’s – so an off-day by his standards…

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa
    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Wow.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Theoretical Don LaGreca: Hey, Mike, I heard you got engaged. Was it to Jodi Applegate?
        Theoretical Michael Kay: WHO BUT!??!?!??!?!?

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          If they ever break up, EVERY SINGLE HEADLINE EVER is gonna say “SEE YA!!!!”

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            We can only hope.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            If they ever break up, EVERY SINGLE HEADLINE EVER is gonna say “SEE YA!!!!”

            Like how when Ahmad Rashad and Phylisha Rashad divorced, and people said “Guess he’s not getting the Inside Stuff anymore”.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Theoretical Bonnie Bernstein: Congrats Mi–
          Theoretical Kay/LaGreca: SHUT UP!

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

      Good for him =)

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      wow i can’t believe he tricked some woman to say yes. I’m sure he used some of that yankee ice cream he gets in the booth to pop the question with the ring in the ice cream…

      [/mean’d
      [/prolly harsh
      [/eh, fuck it

    • Pasqua
  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Haha, I love that Hunter is backing off of his statement.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Things I did not know: Tim Salmon had a .382 wOBA in his career.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Things I did not know: Women sometimes say “No, I’m not interested in having sex with you” to a man.

      Sincerely,
      Nick Swisher

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    From Mo’s Twitter:

    Some big TYU news: Wed. At 5, our own Steve S. will join @joeandevan for abt 30-45 mins to explain the basics of advanced metrics.
    That’s Evan Roberts and Joe Beningo that Steve will be joining, on WFAN at 5 on Weds, to talk advanced metrics.

    Steve S. would be me. 5:00 on Wednesday, hopefully you guys can tune in. Joe is very anti-advanced stats. Evan is more into it then he lets on, but for the purposes of a radio show he explains things in plain English.

    I’m not exactly Bill James when it comes to advanced metrics, but Benigno is just in the stone ages. I call in frequently, and if I bring up WHIP and he goes nuts. It should be fun, I’m really looking forward to it. I have a feeling it’s going to be disastrously hilarious, but I’ll just go with the flow.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Wow. That’s awesome. Call me if you need an assist!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I was about to JIMP until I realised that “Mo” was short for “Moshe”.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Mariano Rivera… Twitter… :: head explodes ::

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I was about to JIMP until I realised that “Mo” was short for “Moshe”.

        AN S?! TRAITOR!

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

      Whoa. That is amazing. Many congratulations.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Joe is very anti-advanced stats…. I’m not exactly Bill James when it comes to advanced metrics, but Benigno is just in the stone ages. I call in frequently, and if I bring up WHIP and he goes nuts.

      I’ll give you a dollar if you can manage to say to him “Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, Joe.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        “Bro, don’t give me this EFF EYE PEE bull!”

    • Ivan

      Congradulations man. Imma tune into that.

    • pollo

      bro, bro, i swear to god bro i will never see this [insert team here] win a championship. i swear on my life bro.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Bro, Rod Barajas is a revelation, bro!

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Good luck getting a word in edge-wise, especially against an anti-numbers guy. They’ll be relentless, but hold your ground.

    • Pasqua

      Congrats! I think if you have Evan on a day that he doesn’t feel like listening to Beningo’s shit you’ll have a good shot at getting some points across.

      Just today, Joe said he wouldn’t trade Angel Pagan for Cliff Lee.

      Maybe have a couple of drinks before the interview.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Hey, look at that: fun/practical applications of physics!

    • Accent Shallow

      Who would have thought? When I was in undergrad, my friends and I spent time calculating the angular momentum of the Earth!

      /B.Sc. degree

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-965987

    king of fruitless hypotheticals says:
    you ever quote a movie, in real life, and find you’re the only person who knows it’s a movie quote?

    My favorite obscure comedy movie to quote from that nobody ever gets but me is Brain Donors. I’d recommend it; it’s classic goofball slapstick comedy for those who like that sort of juvenile fun. John Turturro stars as Roland T. Flakfizer (great name) and does his schtick.

    Flakfizer: Let’s step outside and settle this like men!
    Lazlo: We are outside.
    Flakfizer: OK, let’s step inside and settle it like women.

    Flakfizer: Dear Lillian, soon I hope to take you on a Carribbean cruise, where we can hold hands on a soft summer’s evening and watch that old Jamaican moon. Why that old Jamaican will be mooning us, I have no idea.

    Bonus: that movie is the ACTUAL origin of the “You’re excited?!?!? FEEL THESE NIPPLES!!!!” line that Bob Costas says in BASEketball. Ripped it off, whole cloth.

    • nsalem

      “i’ve been robbed”

      rufus t firefly

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      you’re lying.

  • Raf

    the talking in the background of the music right now on MLB Network is great. i hate that im too lazy to reach for the remote

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    This song makes me want to punch infants.

    • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > DP)

      Who the fuck is that? I’m not caught up (still living in the 90s).

  • Drew

    Why is Howie Mandell playing a mini guitar?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Oh Mo. Chris Berman. Ugh.

    • Drew

      Back Back Back

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      He’s now a Hall of Famer. Just like me, I’m a Hall of Famer.

      For Diamond Cutters, I’m Peter Gammons, ESPN.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    You know, the talk above about how young Sanchez is is insanely depressing me. I’m what, seven years older than him and still don’t have gainful employment =(

  • Carlosologist

    lol they’re booing Swish.

  • Drew

    Damnn I didn’t realize Papi had 18. Good for him, he’s the only Red Sox I can stand.

    • radnom

      Really?

      The only one I like is Lowell…

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        The only Red Sox I like is Ted Williams.

        Because he’s dead.

        /halfkidding’d

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        Yeah I despise Papi. Will he ever find those god damn terrorists? It’s approaching the one year mark.

        The only ones I like are Lester and JD Drew form the ones that have been there for a few years.

        I really hate Pedroia, Ortiz, Beckett, Lackey, Ellsbury and Varitek.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          In all serious, the only Red Sox I like are the ones that Red Sox fans irrationally hate.

          So, I hate all the ex-Sox, basically. And the black ones.

        • Drew

          Word. He always seemed like a pretty chill dude to me. As for the “You guys know me, I’m going to get to the bottom of this and get back to you,” I don’t really give a shit about that stuff. Good for him that he doesn’t have to deal with the scrutiny that some people have to deal with. It’s not fair, but it’s not his fault that the media pick and choose who they beat down.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      He’s been acting like an asshat all over MLBN today, I hope he fails miserably and messes up his swing badly. /bitter’d

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Hopefully when I’m in heaven I’ll never have to hear Chris Berman’s voice ever again.

  • Kit

    I know Swish is from the Yankees and that always evokes boo’s from…everyone who doesn’t understand winning, I guess, but booing Swish is so uncalled for.

    • Drew

      How do you figure? Opposing teams fans shouldn’t boo the guy from the best team in baseball? To me, it’s a sign of respect, they know Swish is on the field.

      • Kit

        I just mean that it’s a little uncalled for. Swish is representing the Yankees, but the Yanks aren’t actually on the field. He’s doing this for him, not the team. And I don’t remember any time when booing was a sign of respect. It’s more a sign of envy, really.

        • Drew

          Envy, respect, same difference. There is a reason they didn’t boo Wells. I bet Vernon would love to have the reaction the Swish got.

          • Kit

            I’m sorry, I’m going to have to respectfully disagree. I don’t think envy and respect are the same thing. While Vernon may want to be acknowledged to that extent, I don’t think people want to be booed. It comes with the game, I understand that, but booing Swisher when he’s playing essentially for himself is uncalled for. With Ortiz being booed I understand that it’s basically just hatred for the toughest teams in the ML.

            • Drew

              Without getting into a whole big thing here, when I said same difference, I just meant that basically, the LASanJose Angels of Los Cabos fans are booing Swish because he represents the best team in baseball and they wish they were rooting for him on their team. Call it what you want, envy, respect.. They’re booing Swish only because he’s a very good player on a great team who happened to beat them down in the ALCS last year. I’d imagine that wound is still open.

              • Kit

                Okay, now I’m getting it.

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

      They booed Ortiz too.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Agreed. At least Ortiz got booed too. Angels fans are silly, though. (note to any Angels fans who are reading this: I’m sure you’re lovely. I’m judging your entire fanbase on Halos Heaven. Sorry.)

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Ortiz was booed even more. Sure Angels fans are nearly as bad as Bostonians but they got their booing right with Ortiz. Maybe half of them actually do have brains and don’t fcking jizz “EAST COAST BIAS!”

      But yeah just because the Angels suck doesn’t mean you have to take it on Swish.

  • Raf

    did Bobby Valetine just call David Ortiz Jose Ortiz??

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Manny Ortez?

      • Raf

        the new “most feared” player of his generation!

  • maurice

    jose ortiz? FAIL

  • VO

    Jose Ortiz?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    1. Did Bobby V. just call him “Jose Ortiz”?
    2. Joe Morgan says that lefties have a big advantage in this park, as they do in most HR Derbys…let he’s purposely picking a right hander? This man’s aversion to logic is beyond anything I’ve ever seen. Ever.

    • http://fmylife.com Bryan

      Jose Ortiz are my favorite player!!!!111

  • Mark

    Jose Ortiz from Bobby V, and anyone can win from Joe Morgan, man it is going to be a long night.

  • OperationVenditte

    Lets go Swish last two Yankees in this thing won Tino and Giambino

    • Chris0313

      Giambi lost his last time out.

  • radnom

    Better than “Manny Ortiz”

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      You’re giving Kerry too much credit. He said “Ortez”.

  • http://fmylife.com Bryan

    Do they have that “Green Trailer” that follows HR’s as they’re hit again?

  • Captain Jack

    They could have picked a better “baseball” song than Train’s “Hey Soul Sister.” They should have invited Megadeth and had them play 1320…at least it’s an upbeat song about fast cars on the beachside racetracks.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      John Fogerty, plz.

      • http://fmylife.com Bryan

        Man fuck that I wanna see Katy Perry singing California Gurls.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    “You have to love David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox.” No, in fact, I do not.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Actually, you do. It was in the Ted Kennedy health care bill. You’re now mandated by law to like David Ortiz and the Red Sox.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLnoLmCqT30

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > DP)

    I’m having a lot of fun watching the kids fielding bumbling around in outfield.

    • Raf

      love to see them out there. got to be super exciting.
      going to be as exciting to see one misjudge a flyball into a forehead.

      • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > DP)

        collisions and concussions pending

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

    Chris Young hasn’t taken this many pitches all season.

  • http://fmylife.com Bryan

    TEH GOLD BALLZ!!!!!111

  • Drew

    Where is AP’s kids at? If that one little F’er is wearing a Mets hat again I’ll beat him down.

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

    Vernon Wells has hit the second most homers in Blue Jays’ history? How the hell did that happen?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Real teams’ histories >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Blue Jays history

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Fun Fact: The list of the 5 greatest hitters in Blue Jays history only has 4 people on it.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      They’re the Blue Jays?

  • Raf

    get the replay out!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    WTP.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Not quite Josh Hamilton territory just yet.

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

    Sheesh, I overshot my Vernon Wells prediction, huh?

  • Chris0313

    This Homerun Derby sucks.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Someone get some steroids up in this bizz-natch.

  • Captain Jack

    I think I’m going to watch something less unbearable, like The O’Rielly Factor.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      I recommend the Clobert Report

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        SCILF

        • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

          I’m gonna need an abbreviation explanation.

          • JMK

            I think he just said he’d like to fuck Steven Colbert.

            Could be wrong about that one.

  • Chris0313

    The commercials are longer than the rounds.

  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    wow the 2first participants had a combine 3hr.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      It’s a fact: Home Run Derbies in Edison Fields of Angel Stadium in Anaheim and Los Angeles of Southern California in the Great American West of the North American Continent inside the Western Hemisphere… suck.

      http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-954618

  • Chris0313

    ESPN really needs to stop this Red Sox bias nonsense. I don’t care who Torii Hunter thinks should win. I really don’t.

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    So in somewhat related new, Charlie Manuel is an idiot. Not only did he pick Howard over Votto to be in the All-Star game, but he’s making Howard the starting DH. And batting him clean-up. Against one of the best lefties in the game. If he struck out on three pitches facing Damaso Marte, David Price better strike him out on one.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      His explanation for picking Ethier for CF was pretty funny too.

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    Corey Hart is zoning in.

  • Chris0313

    Corey Hart was my pick. Rooting for Swisher, but Hart is either go big or strike out.

  • Raf

    disappointed Corey Hart isnt hitting in sunglasses

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Don’t switch the blade on the guy in shades, oh, no.

  • Meat Loaf

    Hey look at that, someone is hitting home runs in a home run hitting contest.

    Chris Berman, what would I do without you?

  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    wow cory hart has alot of pop

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Corey Hart ate his Wheaties.

  • Kit

    Wow…Nick, you’re going to have to put a little something extra into that swing if you want to keep going. Corey Hart is killing this.

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    A-Rod is not impressed.

  • Chris0313

    7 should get him into the next round. He should tank.

  • Cecala

    Why does ESPN have to announce this, it is just making the Derby even worse. If it were not for Swisher I would not be watching this.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Cashman: Hope you watching Corey Hart, and phoning the Brewers GM.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      /not really serious.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Good.

        (calls off snipers)

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Did you hear supposedly the Rays are seriously interested in Hart for Hellickson? I can’t see this happening. However, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE MAKE IT HAPPEN.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

        I don’t know. Hart looked pretty good there. And his numbers this year are sick. He is 28 and his career numbers are pretty solid too. Sometimes guys just take the next step. He might have taken it.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          He might have. Do I want to give up a good prospect to find out? Hells no.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

            Agreed, but sometimes when you are the Rays, chasing the Yanks, and you are oh so close, it might not be a bad move to take a chance at it. I know it is only batting practice, but after seeing the ball explode off his bat like that, I would not be that happy to see him on the Rays.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              I would not be that happy to see him on the Rays.

              Any unhappiness seeing Corey Hart on the Rays is totally negated by the supreme happiness I’d see with Jeremy Hellickson not on the Rays.

              • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

                I have never heard of Hellickson, so I don’t know how good he is. But in general, assuming the deal is fair (obviously not for a young ace) I would prefer if he stayed in the NL, far away from the Rays.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                  Jeremy Hellickson is seen as a young ace. Or at least a dynamite #2.

                  If you said “Jeremy Hellickson may end up with an Andy Pettitte-like career”, I bet most scouts wouldn’t disagree.

      • Accent Shallow

        I’m not sold on Hellickson, isn’t he a turbo-IPK?

        /great command, not that great stuff
        //of course, I could be wrong

  • Raf

    Hart is feeling it

  • Drew

    Ha love the shot of Alex just chillin.

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    Finally someone who’s making this fun to watch.

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    Hanley Ramirez has kids!??! I thought he was like, 22…

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I love how you portray those two things as somehow mutually exclusive.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        I thought the same. Nobody has kids at 22 I guess.

        /lies

        • Drew

          In fairness, 22 is pretty young to have two children.

    • radnom

      Lebron is 24 and has like 8 kids already.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        He actually only has two, and I look forward to the day they’re old enough to ask him why he pussied out and hitched his wagon to Dwayne Wade’s star.

        • Ivan

          Because he wants to win a championship, and protect his “Brand” and by the way he has no balls.

        • Drew

          Dwyane*

          /pet peeve’d

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            My bad.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    You know what I love about that rock shot? That A-Rod does it in games.

  • Chris0313

    Joe Morgan please shut the hell up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    Swish has a tough act to follow.

    The ball exploded off of Harts bat

  • Drew

    Hmm.. Does Swish look up to his GP’s before each AB in BP?

    • Kit

      I think he does it while he’s in the box, actually.

      • Kit

        Oh, didn’t read the BP part. Sorry.

  • Raf

    anyone want to wager a guess if Dunn will actually be dealt by the deadline?

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....um=twitter

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Eh, maybe.

      I wonder what they’d want from the Yankees….

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        As a DH only, that is.

      • Drew

        We can only dream.. I’d imagine that if the price was anywhere near reasonable another team would match it.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Yeah, I know. Probably starts with what? Noesi?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Higher.

            Every single projected Type A in this stacked draft class has a high price tag. I’d say Dunn’s price point probably starts with the Romine/Brackman/Stoneburner stratosphere.

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              /hangs up theoretical phone

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                Bingo.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I say no, they keep him and re-up him in the winter. Ditto Willingham (although he’s still under team control).

      Guzman, Slaten, Kennedy, Livan, and Pudge should all be shipped off for minor pieces, though.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Weak start, Swish. Weak start.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Way to make up for it.

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    C’mon Swisher!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    Swish is basically keeping his exact revamped stance in tack for the derby. I have a feeling Long and Swish talked about this before hand.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Is that “Country Grammar” vs. “Sweet Home Alabama” as a mash up? Wow.

  • Chris0313

    I don’t care about Alex. Let Swisher hit please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    Leave it to ARod to take the spotlight away from Swish and have an interview during Swish’s time.

    • Raf

      Alex Rodriguez “The Interview”

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Sponsored by VitaminWater and Subway. All proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Miami, Inc.

        • Raf

          University of DecisionWater

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    A-Rod does a lot of talking.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Swish is enjoying the hell out of himself. Smiling after each home run gotta love it.

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    C’mon Swish reach at least 5

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Damn, oh well, it’s nice to see a Yankee participate nonetheless.

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

    Sadly, that might be enough for Swish to move on.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Yeah, it just might.

      We needs steroids up in this b%#*!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Guys, it really doesn’t matter. He’s nothing more than a fourth outfielder anyway.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      “He’s a borderline all-star? You’re smoking, Tommie. No way does that happen.”

      Sincerely,
      The Haters

    • Drew

      Heh.. HOF meme right there.

  • Raf

    wanted him to get to 6, hard to advance with 4

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Thank God David Ortiz (Big PAPI!!) is coming up. I’m required to like him.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Now batting for the National League, Mr. Clean.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Haha +1

  • Not Tank the Frank

    I not a machine guys…

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    …the tag said open thread, so flay me if i’m off here…

    how @$@#$ awesome will it be to have three 20 game winners?

    how far back did we have to go to get three double digit game winners at the all star break?

    this team is the @#$@# @#@$# shiz…

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      The last team to have 3 double-digit game winners was the 1999 Astros. Last AL team was the 1971 Orioles. Never happened in Yankee history.

      And yes, it is the tits. (I can say that, as I am a lady.)

      • Jose the Satirist

        Yes it is the tits. (I can say that, I enjoy tits on a lady.)

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Well, hello… you pointed to your BOOBIES!!!!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    So how many articles tomorrow will say “Well, guys were obviously holding back because they know success in the HR Derby usually means a decline in the second half.”

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    I need opinions here.

    Would you rather see the rest of these guys bomb some homeruns or see Swisher advance to the next round?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      Swisher advance. I was actually thinking the same thing a second ago. I couldn’t decide.

      I guess I don’t really care that much either way

      • Kit

        Same here.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Personally I want to see a bunch of homeruns. It would be nice to see Swish advance, but I don’t care too much for it.

    • Drew

      I’d rather have seen Swish hit more than 4, advance to the next round and win.

    • Carlosologist

      I’d like to see more bombs. Holliday’s shot was awesome.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Agreed.

  • phughesisgod

    Ok, please, someone do not get 4 home runs!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jose the Satirist

    Pena should start throwing sliders.

  • phughesisgod

    If Swisher is to advance, I think his best shot is Hanley Ramirez…

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Please throw him bad ones, Tony. >:(

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Maybe one of these homers will land in the lap of the real killer.

  • phughesisgod

    Please, Hanley or Miggy dont get 4 home runs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    Ortiz looks in pretty good shape.

    • Scooter

      Must be getting the good nutritional supplements at GNC

  • Drew

    HanRam is going to kill.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    SHIT.

  • Kit

    I love that Pena is throwing to Ortiz as well. Shows how much Ortiz respects Pena. Also, since it’s a “being Dominican” thing, I think it’s even more awesome.

  • James A

    Really Chris, a face for MLB?

    How about a cheating liar

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Don’t remind me. Just get’s me upset.

    • Drew

      ..where Papi is from, the “milkshakes” he drank were not illegal. They were also not banned by MLB.

      /just sayin’

      • Drew

        ..where Papi is from, the “milkshakes” he drank were not illegal. They were also not banned by MLB.

        /just sayin’

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Seriously. A-Rod being a cheaty cheater who cheated and everyone jumping all over themselves to call him A-Roid, while Ortiz is like the clutchest clutch who ever clutched and saved the Red Sox… very annoying meme.

      • Kit

        I was just telling my Red Sox loving roommate that the Red Sox get nothing but excused and pitied while the Yankees get hammered. I was using the injuries thing as an example, but some of the media’s obvious Red Sox biases get more and more annoying with the steroids thing.

  • Jose the Satirist

    So if Papi ends up winning this thing, will he finally explain why his name was on that list?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      He’s going to hit one into the lights, which will explode, and then the scene will fade through black to a scene of an old Big Papi playing catch with his son.

      • Jose the Satirist

        The entire scene will be slow motion and feature Megan Fox in the stands slowing stripping. The production will bankrupt MLB with all the costs, critics will rip the performance apart, but eventually the fans will return and the whole thing will somehow be profitable. It is directed by Michael Bay.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          It is directed by Michael Bay.

          (begins tying a noose)

          • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

            (noose explodes)

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Well played.

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

              Amazing.

        • Kit

          It is directed by Michael Bay

          EXPLOSIONS!!

  • Cecala

    Ortiz must be feeling great with all the announcers on his genitalia.

  • pollo

    in retrospect, it wasn’t the wisest of bets, putting 50 on swisher.

    FUCK!

  • Kit

    I love the fact that you are cursing and calling for Spanish liquor in Spanish, Ortiz. You keep it classy.

    • Kit

      *Dominican, not Spanish liquor

      • Raf

        tape delay needed for Spanish telecast.
        and thats normal convo for sporting events.

        • Kit

          I never watch the Spanish telecast, but I can just imagine.

    • Cecala

      He is wearing those shoes so he is allowed to do that…

      • Kit

        What shoes are they?

        • Cecala

          They were red cleats or something but Joe Morgan kept going on and on about them.

          • Kit

            Oh. I thought they were like Shape Ups or something. I was expecting to laugh. Joe Morgan, you damn fool.

  • phughesisgod

    If I were the other 7 guys in this thing, I would be fuming that they even let this tool be in it. Not only did he cheat, he freaking lied! At least A-Rod had the balls to come clean! This fool whimped out!

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Ehh I wouldn’t call him a fool when the media and fans of baseball love him for being a glorified member of the almighty best small market team ever in the Boston Red Sox. But otherwise I agree.

      • phughesisgod

        LOL. Boston and small market. DAH! FUCK BOSTON!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      We care (sometimes). The media cares (sort of). The owners care (when it pays to care).

      The players? I doubt they care much at all.

  • Raf

    Hanley. going to swing so lazily

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Will Ferrell FTW.

  • phughesisgod

    Will Ferrel. Freaking hilarious! “I would have been drunk on air alot.” LOL.

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    Damn that was a shot.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I’d murder my parents for Hanley’s talent.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Theo Epstein would murder Larry Lucchino for Hanley’s talent.

    • Jose the Satirist

      If you kill your whole family you can get Ortiz’s talent.

  • Raf

    wish he would’ve worn the necklace with his batting average from last year.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      That thing was epically hilariously bad

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    At least Swish had a valiant effort.

    • Reggie C.

      I missed Swisher’s spot. How many did he hit out?

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        4

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          Three people said “4.”

          Now wouldn’t that be creepy if Swish hit 6?

          • Jose the Satirist

            IV

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        4.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        He hit out thirty, but Nick Swisher is humble and giving, so he only made 4 of them actually go out of the park. He wants a lesser man to feel better about themselves tonight with a cheap, hollow victory.

        • Reggie C.

          Swisher’s got some of Melvin’s giving spirit in him.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Well, he studied under him, after all.

            • nsalem

              nice dead sox agganis

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                Man… I don’t know what the FUCK YOU JUST SAID, LITTLE KID!!!!

                • nsalem

                  harry agganis first base red sox who died young.

      • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

        4

  • Raf

    that was impressive.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Hanley rules. I love him.

  • Drew

    Thank Mo for the Beckett trade. Well worth it to me.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Agreed.

      The Sox winning one title with Beckett >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The Sox winning multiple titles with HanRam

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        But Beckett is the best postseason pitcher in history!

        No really, people actually get paid to say that shit. Again I wish I can be paid for being a total moron.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Again I wish I can be paid for being a total moron.

          Step 1.) move to Bristol, CT

    • Jose the Satirist

      The Red Sox were so crafty to sign Beckett to a four-year, $68 million contract extension. Damn, we could’ve had him as a free agent.

  • Reggie C.

    IF Hanley gets another manager fired , is he then available for trade?

    Not out of the realm of possibility, right?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Yes, out of the realm of possibility.

    • Raf

      im fairly sure they would bring in Lebron to be Hanley’s sidekick before getting rid of him.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        im fairly sure they would bring in Lebron to be Hanley’s sidekick bitch before getting rid of him.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          You beat me to it.

          • Raf

            YES.WE.DID
            /want to stick my head in oven over that slogan

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              I need to photoshop that poster so that it says:

              YES. WE. DID.
              RENOUNCE. OUR. MANHOOD.

              • Drew

                ..It’s a good time to be a heat fan.

                :)

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                  Oh, most definitely. The Heat are the big winners here… if they can actually pull this off and win with a team of The Big 3 + Haslem + 8 scrubs.

                  The big losers is James’s reputation and legacy. I get why Miami did it. I get why Wade did it. I get why Bosh did it.

                  I don’t get why LeBron did it. I guess hanging out with your buddies 24/7/365 is more important than how you’ll be remembered for the rest of history. I had no idea.

                  • Drew

                    I understand what you’re saying. Personally, I was never a huge James fan. I’ve always argued Wade was better(showing my extreme and irrational bias towards D-Wade).

                    However, the fact that people now say “Oh now he’ll never be compared to MJ.” That’s BS. He’s already been compared to him. He was compared to him his first year in the league, his second, his third, his fourth, etc.. If Lebron continues to play as he has since he entered the league, and the Heat manage to put several rings on his finger, I really think his legacy will be one of greatness.

                    Also, in time, the fact that he gave up money to win will be heralded(Although, considering the fact that there is no state income tax in FL the money he gave up isn’t as much as we’re lead to believe).

                    • Drew

                      Also, the fact that you set U aside from the 8 scrubs makes me happy. He’s a great player and has worked extremely hard to get there. He was a fat kid when he played for the Gators. It’s good to see he’s now getting respect from knowledgeable basketball fans.

                    • Pasqua

                      I think, in terms of legacy, it’s a lose/lose for LeBron. If he wins oodles of titles, they’ll say he only did it because of who he was surrounded by. If he wins none, or, say, one title, the signings will be seen as busts and each guy will be derided. I don’t like it.

                • Pasqua

                  Do you realize what your fanbase will have to endure if they don’t win right away?

                  (Actually, I assume you do if you’re a Yankees fan.)

                  • Drew

                    Heh, yeah, I’m aware. TBH though, I don’t see us losing. This team, even if Joel Anthony and Mario are the 4th and 5th man, is unguardable.

          • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

            :)

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Hanley Ramirez>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>managers

    • Drew

      I’m sure he’s available, we just need to send them Alex, 200 million dollars, Romine, Jesus, Hughes, Joba and Robo.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Let’s do it….for Felix Hernandez.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Andy Pettitte Dove ad = best part of the Home Run Derby so far y/y

    • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > DP)

      you recorded it so you can loop it and watch it in the future right?

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        It’s online, no need.

        (Should I be admitting this?)

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          Even if you didn’t tell us, we would know bexy ;)

  • Carlosologist

    That 472 shot was just Hanley being Hanley.

    /hopesitcatcheson’d

    • Jose the Satirist

      Don’t compare Hanley to the shiftless lazy bastard Manny. He quit on his team before he had to be traded. Such a disgrace to the game.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        But Hanley is lazy too!

        • Jose the Satirist

          Touché.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        He quit on his team before he had to be traded.

        He hit like .200/.200/.200, I remember it like it was yesterday.

        • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

          What does “SCILF” mean?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Stephen Colbert I’d Like To F#$%

          • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

            My guess: Spell Check is Like Fire.

  • Raf

    monster round from Cabrera coming up

  • Drew

    Miggy has his own chapter in the Freak Book.

  • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

    Miguel Cabrera as 12th pick= the only reason I’m still competitive in RAB Premier League.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      Yea, I had the 11th pick and was like 50/50 on taking him or David Wright. Can’t say I’m upset about grabbing Wright though.

      And nice work with that Qualls, Santana trade with me. I still can’t find a decent f’in closer.

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        Well first base is deep and third isn’t so I wouldn’t say picking Wright would be bad.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

          That is the exact reason why I made the choice. I figured Cabrera would have better numbers but at a deep position. And I ended up with Konerko much later, so it worked out.

        • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

          3B not being deep was an untrue thought before the year.

          3B who are fantasy viable- A-Rod, Beltre, Longoria, Bautista, Young, Wright, Polanco, Cantu, Zimmerman, Rolen, Freese, McGehee, Stewart

          Very capable of good 2nd halves- Beckham, Kouzmanoff, Figgins, Chipper, Headley, Sandoval, Aramis, Reynolds, Alvarez.

          I’d say 3B is doing OK.

          • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

            Nobody could’ve predicted Bautista’s power. Beltre was coming off of a bad year I believe (or an injured one.) Polanco doesn’t have the power a third basemen usually has. Freese is alright.

            And the only stars here before the season started are A-Rod, Wright, Zimmerman, and Longoria.

            • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

              Of course, I’m just saying since “Wright turned out OK” was said (hindsight being used), 3B in general turned out OK. Nothing wrong picking Wright at 11, just generally pointing out the “experts” were wrong about 3B.

              • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

                Ah alright.

  • Kit

    jerri curls: my anti drug (and alcohol).

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    If Ortiz wins this thing, ESPN will orgasm everywhere

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    I swear if Papi wins I’ll kill myself. Oh wait never mind he’s using his completely legal supplements.

    • http://www.twitter.com/CaptainRaf CaptainRaf

      once hes done here he’ll go searching for the real killers

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Pena, I am disappoint.

    • Kit

      I walked away for a good while, what happened?

      • bexarama

        Just that he was pitching to Ortiz and Ortiz was good. He was supposed to throw shitty pitches!!! (It’s mostly a joke.)

        • Kit

          Oh, I see. I’m kind of cheering on Team Dominican Republic. Mostly because of Pena, though. Ortiz can go fall in a ditch.

  • Carlosologist

    Bex must have JIHP when she that shot of Andy and his kids.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Twitter exploded with “Bexy must be so happy!” BUT I MISSED IT I AM SO PISSED.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        … which, of course, now makes me ask if this is gonna be on MLB.tv or whatever because I wanna seeeeeeeee

        • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

          It’ll be on the tres.

        • Jose the Satirist

          ESPN “The Ocho”

  • Carlosologist

    I swear, I thought Berman said when Howard shits.

  • Carlosologist

    Miggy has the baseball is serious business look to him right now.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Empire State in Mind in Anaheim? WTF.

    • Kit

      I had the same reaction. Also, the mash up is simply terrible.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Beyond terrible.

        • Drew

          Beyond Anaheim.

          • Kit

            Beyond baseball.

            • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > DP)

              The above 3 comments = EPIC.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      of*

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Hanley Ramirez hitting to “Empire State of Mind” means the Yankees are getting him RIGHT?!?!?!?!?

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Don’t doubt Cashmoney

      He’s a ninja. Strikes when we least expect it!

      • Jose the Satirist

        If Cashman is a ninja and he always gets what he wants from the Pirates, doesn’t that mean ninjas win in the old ninja vs. pirate debate?

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          Well done.

    • Reggie C.

      do you want to rob me of my sleep?

      DO IT CASHMAN!

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Eh, then again it won’t happen. Marlins are just using the Yankees for leverage. Those bastards!

        /Jack Z’d

  • Derby

    Joe Morgan is so stupid… “Hanley Ramirez doesn’t swing the bat like a shortstop, he swings the bat like Alex Rodriguez.” Pretty sure A-Rod was a shortstop for most of his career.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Just because that’s obvious doesn’t mean it’s right!

    • Jose the Satirist

      Joe Morgan is so stupid… “Hanley Ramirez doesn’t swing the bat like a shortstop, he swings the bat like Alex Rodriguez.” Pretty sure A-Rod was a shortstop for most of his career.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        +42

    • Accent Shallow

      Although Joe Morgan deserves much of the crap he gets, I know exactly what he means here, and he’s not saying Hanley is soon going to move to 3B.

    • Drew

      Not to defend JM but, Alex Rodriguez doesn’t swing the bat like a SS either.

  • Poopy Pants

    Who will be king idiot this year? Hanley or Jose?

    • Jose the Satirist

      Never bet against me being King Idiot.

  • bexarama

    So… now is that guy who said it was terrifying to think of Hart on the Rays based on Round 1 gonna decide it is in fact not so terrifying based on Round 2?

    • Jose the Satirist

      If he was on the Rays he would always be Round 1 Hart.

  • Carlosologist

    lol Hart is a bust.

  • bexarama

    Oh my God I cannot deal with the Ortiz you-know-what right now

    • Accent Shallow

      He’s throwing a perfect game?

      Shit.

  • Poopy Pants

    Tony Pena proves it’s a multi-millionaires club that we aren’t invited to. It’s professional wrestling and we’re the fools who pay while they make big $$$.

    It was also sad to see Ortiz and Jeter hugging at Yankee Stadium a few years ago before a game. They’re carnies. We’re the rubes.

    • bonestock94

      Oh c’mon, I’m sure some players do actually hate each other but I doubt you can be that angry at someone for just for signing with a certain team. It’s just a job to them.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Oh noes!

    • whozat

      …your statement only applies if you only watch baseball to hate the other teams. For those of us who actually like to watch baseball and don’t need to hate the other teams to enjoy ourselves, the feelings of the players towards each other are irrelevant.

    • Accent Shallow

      Wait, because players don’t hate each other, the fix is in?

    • Kit

      Baseball is a game. You have to take in stride. They didn’t kill each other’s families to warrant that much hatred. Let them be friendly. It’s not killing anyone, and the uniforms don’t burn off where they touch.

  • Drew

    OKay, so Strasburg has struck out a fair amount of people in his first several starts. Why does MLB need to include a K to Jeff Karstens in that silly Beyond Baseball commercial?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Hit a groove Hanley!

  • Dave

    Please Please make Ortiz = Bobby Abreu part duex.

    • Accent Shallow

      You hope Ortiz’s wife cheats on him on a reality show?

      /it happened to Bobby, it could happen to you

  • Pasqua

    So they’re actually pretending that Ortiz’s little visit to Hanley there was a “genuine” moment of encouragement and not a manufactured p.r. / “It’s all fun!” moment? Ugh.

    • nathan

      What.. Pappi.. No

      I was hoping the quacking berman would call a Ortiz juices one call.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Hanley’s power is remarkable. The fact that so many of his homers have been on a line is incredible.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Hanley, I am disappoint

  • Rob Has no Innings Limit

    So that was probably the most boring Home Run Derby I can remember watching.

    Am I crazy for wanting a guy like Jack Cust in this event? Can’t we utilize his one, true talent? I feel like he was born to do this.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      You mean Ichiro’s one true talent? That guy can mash with the best of them.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Shelley Duncan for HR Derby twenty eleven!

  • Carlosologist

    -____- I’m disappointed in this year’s result.

  • nathan

    Erin Andrews – necessary?

    • Carlosologist

      No, but she’s like a hotter Kim Jones.

      /runs from Dela

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Haha, haven’t seen him around today.

        • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

          lol i am around and saw the HR derby, and i agree she is hotter than kim jones. I have been packing for my trip to nyc that leaves in the morning

      • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

        Kim Jones is better if you like a more full woman, Erin Andrews is better if you like a coed sorority girl.

        /KimJonesisbetter

        • Drew

          Eh, KJ’s face is not my style, too many horseish features. That’s why EA takes the cake for me.

  • Simon

    The Celebrity Softball Game is more exciting than the Homerun Derby…….

  • Carlosologist

    lol Rickey. Greatest leadoff hitter I never saw.

  • jbkx

    David Ortiz: The Undetected Home Run King.

    Why does this ass clown get a pass, he’s no better than any of the other users.

    • Drew

      I don’t understand the hate of Ortiz. Other than the fact that he’s a Red Sox, he seems pretty likable to me. It is not his fault that the media is biased. Also, I l’ed ol at the “users” bit. You make it sound like they were drug addicts.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Utterly hilarious picture from today.

    http://30.media.tumblr.com/tum.....o1_500.jpg

    I’m your biggest fan
    I’ll follow you until you love me…

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Well actually, Pedroia’s not the biggest fan of anything…

    • Drew

      Ha, Derek doesn’t look like Derek in that silly uniform.

  • http://sofiaecho.com/search.php?stext=Clive%20Leviev-Sawyer Leviev

    big poppy all the way but i thought they weren’t hittin it as far as they could have not one over 500ft weak lol