Jul
11

Open Thread: 2011 Home Run Derby

By

Is it home run or homerun? I’ve always preferred one word, but the official site and Wikipedia say I’m wrong. Oh well. Anyway, tonight is the night of the most simultaneously boring and entertaining event in baseball, the Home Run Homerun Derby. The first two or three batters are fun, then it just starts to drag. MLB changed things up this year by appointing team captains (Prince Fielder and David Ortiz, the last two winners) and letting them pick the participants, though that didn’t do too much. I know he’s having an awful year, but it’s criminal that Adam Dunn still has not taken his hacks in the Derby yet. Mike Stanton’s another guy that should have been picked as well, just look at what the kid can do. His MLB.com highlight pages are pure homerun porn. Oh well.

The Yankees have one of their own in the Derby, second baseman Robinson Cano. Mark Teixeira was originally asked to participate, but he decided against it when he didn’t get selected for the game. Can’t say I blame him, I’d rather spend the time off with my family than fly out for the one event. Cano’s father Jose (a former big leaguer) will pitch to him, which would be pretty cool. Here are the participants, though I have no what order they’re hitting in…

American League
Jose Bautista
Robinson Cano
Adrian Gonzalez
David Ortiz

National League
Prince Fielder
Matt Holliday
Matt Kemp
Rickie Weeks

StatCorner says Chase Field is basically a neutral homerun park for right-handed batters (102 HR pack factor) and very favorable for lefties (114), but you know what? I’m going against that and am picking Holliday. It’s not about how far you hit the ball but how many you hit out, and we’ve seen so many players tire in the later rounds over the last few years. Holliday’s so absurdly big and strong that I think he’ll hold up the best during the course of the competition. Plus having the experience from last year, when he hit just five homers, will probably help.

Anyway, that’s my pick. The Derby starts at 8pm ET and can be seen on ESPN and ESPN3.com. You can talk about that or whatever else your heart desires here in the open thread, so have at it. Anything goes.

Update: Here’s the order: Cano, Holliday, Gonzalez, Weeks, Bautista, Kemp, Ortiz, Fielder.

Categories : Open Thread
  • http://www.twitter.com/jmhs Jake S

    The Derby could be great, but it’s SO DAMN LONG. I’ll watch as long as Cano is in, but there’s no reason that an even that’s essentially hyped-up BP should last 3 hours.

    • pete

      that. should be one round.

      • Avi

        This is my favorite sporting event of the year. Wish it was 6 hours.

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

    I’m picking Edinson Volquez.

    • Kevin G.

      Willy Mo Pena

      • Kevin G.

        Oh wait. Ortiz will win it. Willy Mo will finish in second.

  • Kevin G.

    What about home-run? I’ve seen that used. Same thing with Spider-Man, I don’t know whether to call him SpiderMan, Spider Man, or Spider-Man.

  • mike c

    I’m going with cano, the smooth lefty uppercut swing will prevail

    • Kiko Jones

      Hope you had money on him!

  • IRF

    Could the ESPN set look any worse? The cheesy cacti in the front combined with Sam Fuld sitting awkwardly in the corner just looks pathetic.

  • Rainbow Connection

    Peter Gammons sounds like the Elephant Man when he speaks.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Dude had some serious brain damage at least cut him break on that.

      • MannyGeee

        Sox fan= Drain Bramaged….

        But for real strokes are no joke… Respect…

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Listening to John Kruck bitch and moan is like Haitian Voodoo Rattle Torture.

    • mike c

      yeah after they go on and on about how the all-stars selected (jeter) should be there, they also throw in that he didn’t deserve to be on the team either

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    I agree about Mike Stanton. He’s got RIDCULOUS power: http://marlins.mlb.com/video/p.....d=14870335

  • sangreal

    I’m just glad to have baseball back. I came by last night around 3am and the place had turned into a Subway blog. I read at least 3/4 of an article about weekend ridership levels before realizing it was never going to tie back to the Yankees.

    I had no idea there was a sister site devoted to such things: http://secondavenuesagas.com/

    • Rainbow Connection

      Awful.

      • Esteban

        Just a little over the top, no? But, then again, you’re known for that.

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

      That’s Ben’s other site. We ran some upgrades and someone things got mixed up. One-time problem.

  • ItsATarp

    I hope someone (who might be Robinson Cano’s Dad) throws inside to Ortiz for the lulz

    • Rainbow Connection

      Cano and Ortiz are good friends. Don’t buy into the hype. Those millionaires are in a club we aren’t invited to. The joke is on us.

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

        A.) What hype?
        B.) What joke?

      • Kiko Jones

        Yeah, but Posada is on record saying he hated the Red Sox. So, some players are a bit more intense about the rivalry than others.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

    Robinson Cano is batting leadoff?!?!?!!

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

      Let’s see if he can work the count and draw a walk.

    • Kevin G.

      I wonder if he’ll bunt.

  • dkidd

    step 1: matt kemp wins the home run derby
    step 2: matt kemp screws up his swing and slumps to start the second half
    step 3: larry bowa buries matt kemp on mlb tonight

    • Kevin G.

      step 4: matt kemp traded to yankees for igawa

      • dkidd

        step 5: someone on this blog bitches about the yankees giving up “prospects” for “aging veterans”

      • Matty

        Just if the Dodgers were stupid enough to take Igawa for Kemp

  • YankeesJunkie

    I really like Cano in this tournament, he can put good wood (lol) on any ball thrown to him.

    • first time lawng time

      Cano puts good wood on anything…

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

        … too easy.

  • dkidd

    jason aldean: not arizona’s first choice

  • bonestock94

    Blegh, is this Nascar or baseball..

    • Phife Dawg

      This is taking place in Arizona. That pretty much explains it.

      • Rainbow Connection

        There’s a shitty band every year.

  • dkidd

    i hope cano is carrying proof of citizenship

  • Phife Dawg

    Chris Berman is more of a buzzkill than Buzz Killingtom.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Back Back Back Back …mute.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    one annoying thing about the HR derby is that the announcers slob on Ortiz’s knob soooo much

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      “His smile can light up any ballpark.”

      give me a break

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

        David Ortiz personally brokered the forthcoming NFL CBA resolution. He got Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith in a room, and said “Come on, guys, let’s stop fighting” and they did.

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          That explains a lot.

          That David Ortiz, who wouldn’t want to just give him a big bear hug?

          (vomits in mouth)

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    Arizona should have been forbidden to host an ASG just because of how fugly the jerseys would be.

    • Phife Dawg

      At least the D-Backs still aren’t wearing their previous uniforms. Those things were hideous.

  • YankeesJunkie

    AL=Latinos
    NL=Americans

    Basically if an AL player wins they deny the constitutionality of the Arizona immigration law and if the NL wins they pass it.

    THIS TIME IT MATTERS!

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

      Yeah, but the NL team is 3/4ths black, so they’re not “real Americans”.

      Matt Holliday is the only player in this contest who really plays the game the right way.

      • YankeesJunkie

        Exactly! I would not be surprised if Fielder, Kemp, and Weeks get arrested for a drive by while Adrian gets deported for selling dope to the kids on the corner plus decapitating a few drug dealer’s heads.

      • Esteban

        I dunno about that, but he’s the only gritty, blue collar, hard working, guy that hustles too.

        • YankeesJunkie

          Better than that lazy Cano!

      • Phife Dawg

        The NL and Al should just get rid of all the current participants and have David Eckstein come out of retirement to hit HRs for the NL and side and Dustin Pedroia for the AL side. The grittiest session of glamorized BP ever.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Man the crowd is pretty quiet, make some damn noise haha

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      It’s Arizona.

  • Rainbow Connection

    Please stop trying to pretend these dumb players have personalities.
    Just have the idiots start hitting balls right away.

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

      Garth, if I was to give you some money from out of my wallet, would that help ease the pain?

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

    Jose Bautista’s voice is weird.

    • dkidd

      higher than expected

      tysonesque

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      Not at all what you would expect from a guy belting homers like its going out of style.

    • Phife Dawg

      He doesn’t have as strong of an accent compared to Ortiz or Cano.

      • Kiko Jones

        From what I’ve been told by a buddy of mine who used to play w/him back in the Dominican, Bautista grew up in a very upper middle class environment in Santo Domingo, amongst a big chunk of folks who speak English.

    • sangreal

      Have you heard Adrian Gonzalez?

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

        Oh, yeah, he’s another one. You keep thinking, “How is that voice coming out of that mouth?”

  • Eduardo Nunez

    Did you guys see in the espn article that says I should be traded for Erik Bedard? What do you think?

    • MannyGeee

      Fuck that. Next…

  • ItsATarp

    Bautista sounds like a guy i would call for technical assistance…i did not expect that

  • YankeesJunkie

    The charity shit is so fucking touching. The MLB players should troll Boys and Girls Club and not hit any homers.

  • first time lawng time

    LMAO Bautista’s voice…so not masculine

  • Rainbow Connection

    Why is there a first pitch? There’s no game.

  • first time lawng time

    Cal Ripken Jr = Steve Wilkos

    • ItsATarp

      wait that wasn’t Steve from the Jerry Springer show? WHAT IS THIS BULLSHITTT…

  • Rainbow Connection

    OMG! Enough with the idiots talking! Just hit!!!!!!!

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Fuck that, I wanted to see Cano go first…

  • first time lawng time

    Robinson Cano is definitely the most handsome of all these guys. I’m putting my money on him…

  • dkidd

    is that a rattlesnake pattern on the uniform numbers?

  • Cuso

    Wow. a big F U to Cano.

    the implication being that Cano “can’t” put pressure on the NL.

    • Esteban

      I am extremely offended.

    • first time lawng time

      I know. What a dick.

  • magrone

    Guess Papi doesn’t think Robby can put pressure on nl.

  • YankeesJunkie

    They should have Sam Fuld should try to steal some homers.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Comment fail

  • Rainbow Connection

    Sam Fuld has less charisma than JD Drew.

  • Cuso

    i hope A-Gon hits 10 opposite field doubles here

    :D

  • Esteban

    Sam Fuld is a good fielder and all, but the media’s obsession with him is a little much at this point. Ok, he has nice parents, and he went to Stanford. So what?

    • Phife Dawg

      Im pretty tired of the Jon Heymens of the world praising his every step. He can’t hit for shit and the only assent he has is speed. He’s basically the white version of Joey Gathright.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Has anyone ever been to Cactus Field or whatever they call this place nowadays? Just looks so cavernous and harsh. Though Miller is similar and I liked that place.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Yes you would want A-Gon’s swing, not Gehrig, Williams, Ruth, etc.

    • Esteban

      I want Griffey’s swing.

      • ESPN

        I want Darnell McDonald’s

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        I want Wily Mo Pena’s swing.

        • MannyGeee

          Casey Kelly’s?

    • MannyGeee

      FUck you Kruk & Berman… Give me the swing of the dude that just hit a 472 ft HR, thanks

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Ohhhhh, I like how they immediately show the distance the ball traveled.

  • Cuso

    manny acta sucks

  • YankeesJunkie

    These kids suck at fielding.

  • bonestock94

    Hahahaha, AGon is a badass

  • Hall and Nokes

    You could totally do this in one round, with a prize for most home runs and a prize for the longest. Both get a woman for the night. What’s wrong with that?

  • Cuso

    C’mon Manny throw a curve ball or a splitter

  • first time lawng time

    Who’s the jerk saying “back back back gone!”? Has a real obnoxious voice?

    • BigTimeBartolo

      Chris Berman, he mainly does NFL commentating for ESPN…he is insufferable

    • Esteban

      If you don’t know who Chris Berman is, I applaud your efforts to avoid ESPN.

      • vin

        No kidding. He (and ESPN) are the bane of my existence.

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

        It’s not because FTLT tries to avoid ESPN, it’s that FTLT is like, 15 and has no memory of when you couldn’t throw an Arizona hooker down the halls of ESPN without hitting Chris Berman.

    • Phife Dawg

      Chris Berman. He is God-awful.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Adrian is showing no mercy

  • Hall and Nokes

    Lol at Agon ruining his swing for the second half!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Those kids never catch those balls

  • Cuso

    I think there’s a sniper in the stands. those little bitches in CF went down like bowling pins.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Probably not the best idea to mic up these players…

  • bonestock94

    Holliday is kinda taking this seriously

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Another disappointing HR Derby outing from Holliday.

  • Cuso

    Berman had overstayed his welcome with everything baseball related 10 years ago.

    he needs to take a damn hint

  • Cuso

    I hope Cano finds an Abreu-like groove & then can flash that billion-dolla smile

  • Phife Dawg

    Thanks for being a sell-out Ice Cube. This Coors Light commercial is getting more annoying than the AT&T flash mob commercial.

  • Sheepmeister

    so odds cano’s at bats is just peppered with jeter love ala arod in swishers try last year.

  • first time lawng time

    For some reason, I picture Berman’s voice matching the body of a grizzly bear.

  • bonestock94

    Wow, Grandy sounds kinda effeminate

    • vin

      You’ve never heard Curtis talk? He’s the go-to interviewee… kind of like Swish.

      • bonestock94

        I have a lot, but it never hit me like it did now lol

        • MannyGeee

          Very well spoken… Like the anti-Damon…..

          It makes me proud to know your best hitter is also intelligible.

          • bonestock94

            Yea, plus he’s extremely charitable.

  • Cuso

    I LOVE IT!!!

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Damnnn, Robbie’s dad is jacked.

  • IRF

    Robbie took two pitches, so hes already a winner

  • YankeesJunkie

    Robinson fucking Cano!

  • Greg

    Hello!

  • Esteban

    Ribbinson is so good.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Let’s go Cano!

  • mbonzo

    Canos got this. Holy shit. Hamilton style.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Robbie is crushing them!

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Robbie is hitting rockets

  • JobaWockeeZ

    He has to kick Adrian’s ass.

  • Ray the Anti-Handle

    CANOOOOO! MASHING!

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    472 ft!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Wow that was a BOMB

  • YankeesJunkie

    Unreal!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    ROBBIE FUCKING CANO.

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

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.

    And the bubble afterwards: priceless.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Robbie with the biggest HRs so far

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

    Cano just hit the g-spot. Impressive.

  • http://www.onedayonejob.com/ Willy

    Projected distance: 495 ft.

  • Jonathan Harker

    Robbie Cano dontcha know. Him and Bautista are the only reason to watch this drivel.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Not bad Robbie. It looks like he’ll advance.

  • Greg

    Oh well. Good representation.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Cano better get another shot…

  • Cuso

    little douchebag tryin to steal Cano’s thunder

  • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

    Robbie. Daaaaaaaaaamn

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Lol Weeks. Reminiscent of Nick Swisher last year.

  • first time lawng time

    LMAO Ortiz is such a clown.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Lol Rickie, lol

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    WEEKs

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

    I can’t believe all these jackasses are disrespecting baseball by hitting with their hats turned backwards or not on at all. Shameful.

    Sincerely,
    Buck Showalter

    • Esteban

      THINK OF THE CHILDRUNS!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Catching Prince saying “bitch” on TV… Priceless.

    • MannyGeee

      Good thing the MLB just spent the past month shoving Prince down our throats and trying to make him likable. Can’t we just have him be a dick and leave it at that…

  • first time lawng time

    Is it the top 4 totals in general or the top 2 from each team advancing to the second round?

    • first time lawng time

      Nevermind.

  • IRF

    Justin Upton and Mike Stanton could do better with a plastic bat

    • YankeesJunkie

      Would love to see some Bryce Harper too!

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

        Bryce Harper is like the real life position player version of Rick Vaughn.

        • MannyGeee

          Willie Mays Hayes: What the hell league you been playing in?
          Rick Vaughn: California Penal…
          Willie Mays Hayes: Never heard of it. How’d you end up playing there?
          Rick Vaughn: Stole a car.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    The AL is dominating so far.

  • IRF

    Yes Boomer, when he hit them, he hit them. Nice observation.

  • ItsATarp

    lulz bautista is twittering

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

      hey kabak i saw you out there hitting homers in the derby NOT haha #THEREALJOSEBAUSTITA

  • Brandon

    Ok just popped into say this. Robbie Cano made everyone else look rediculously weak. Half on Gonzalez’s home runs were not far at all. Cano was killing balls.

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

    Up Next at the State Farm Home Run Derby: R&B crooner Jon B.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_h2CJ.....169097.jpg

  • Esteban

    Ok, the Joey Bats song gets the award for the worst use of AutoTune ever.

  • IRF

    That song was ok, I just wish they used autotune a little more

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Joey. Bats.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    There’s no way the NL wins this

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

      Are the leagues really actually competing to “win” this? I thought it was still just an individual competition.

      • BigTimeBartolo

        the leagues aren’t actually competing in this, I just like to think of it in that way. AL>>NL

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

          I’m pulling for the Federal League.

          Dutch Zwilling FTW.

      • sangreal

        $150,000 to the winning team’s charity

        ($25,000 to the losing team’s charity)

  • Ray the Anti-Handle

    That longest HR list is great.

  • Greg

    Joey Bats failing

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Disappointing Joey, disappointing.

  • Avi

    I knew Bautista was a fluke.

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

      Yes, because this proves it.

      Wait, what?

      • Avi

        Yeah, was being sarcastic obviously. His development is very perplexing to me though.

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

          It’s baseball.

          • MannyGeee

            Try as you might Suzyn…..

      • Esteban

        FACT: He’s finished. Done. Cooked. Back to being a utility player.

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

      The “MUTE” puts it over the top.

      Wise choice, Sean McNally.

    • Sheepmeister

      is it the mute that makes it the greatest graphic ever?

  • Esteban

    New Planet of the Apes: Meh, but probably worth seeing any movie with Freida Pinto. She’s beeyootiful.

  • Esteban

    I dunno, I think if your life revolves around one athlete, or a NASCAR driver, then you’re probably not busy enough.

    • Hall and Nokes

      If your life even touches upon NASCAR, you’re not busy enough.

  • first time lawng time

    Those blue shoes the NL is wearing are HIDesous.

    Whoever’s idea that was is seriously disturbed.

  • IRF

    David Ortiz and Prince Fielder are most certainly NOT great athletes

  • Greg

    Even his kid is laughing at him.

    • MannyGeee

      That was funny how his kid didn’t even seem to give a shit… That’s a hint Matt…

  • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    I finally made a twitter account.

    For me.

    follow me or be vanquished

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Rihanna is disappointed in you, Matt.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Rihianna is 22! It is unreal.

      • Esteban

        Her age is far from the most impressive thing about her.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          Rihanna >>> Beyonce

          Talent wise anyway.

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

            Meh, Beyonce’s new album is pretty crappy, but I’ll still take her catalog over Rihanna’s. By quite a bit, as well.

            • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

              To each his own. I always liked Rihanna better for no particular reason.

            • MannyGeee

              Wait… Those two hot broads sing? Meh, over it.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    I hope Ortiz pulls a muscle in one of his 4 stomachs

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

      I can’t believe he’s wasting time here at the HR derby when he could be using this three-day vacation to continue hunting for the real killers.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Ok, so Papi swings and misses all 10 times, dislocating his shoulder in the process and is out for the rest of the season

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      I’d prefer if that happened to Gonzalez.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Why is David Ortiz still such a “nice guy”??

    He’s a douche, (like most athletes), why is he any different?

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

      That smile, it’s infectious. He just loves baseball and loves his teammates. He’s the best teammate ever.

      All those things we told you about Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, Mo Vaughn, Nomar Garciaparra, Pedro Martinez, and Manny Ramirez, all that stuff was bullshit. With Big Papi, we mean it this time, he’s totally awesome.

      Sincerely,
      The MSM

      • IRF

        “He’s God Alvy. That man is God.”

      • Guest

        Mo Vaughn is a good dude. He’s done a lot of great work in really poor communities that need it up and down the east coast. He’s gone and beyond what most athletes do (though he has done much of his work since he retired and had more free time).

        I’m not saying that you were necessarily doing this TSJC, but I personally won’t look at connection to PEDs (HGH in Vaughn’s case) as being dispositive of character. Andy Pettite still strikes me as salt of the earth, and he even lied about his PED usage. Especially given their prevalence in the era in which Vaughn (likely) did them, I’ll say the being beloved by teammates and the exceptional community service far outweighs making the same mistakes (almost) everybody else was making with PEDS.

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

          I’m totally just goofing on the Boston media’s penchant for pretending that those guys were the best guys ever while they were Red Sox and then instantly horrible baby-raping clubhouse cancers who are all that is wrong with baseball the second they leave Boston.

          • Guest

            Ahh, gotcha. Yes, Boston is known for that…

  • Esteban
  • dkidd

    pirates drawing 30,000 fans per game = good for baseball

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    Big POOPY

  • Esteban

    We need more Kate Upton chasing these fly balls instead of those stupid kids.
    http://cdn.wl.uproxx.com/wp-co.....15;600.jpg

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

      Kate Upton >>>>> Justin Upton >>>>>>> Upton Sinclair >>>>>>> B.J. Upton

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      Oh man…. She should shag fly balls all day.

      • Dale Mohorcic

        I think you typed “fly” where you meant to type “my”.

    • Phife Dawg

      Yes plz. Maybe she can play some 3rd base while A-Rod is out.

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

    FACT: David Ortiz is the only player in baseball history to have kids. He loves them more than life itself, and is the greatest father ever. All other players in baseball hate children and would cross the street to punch a baby in the face.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      I did read that on wikileakes

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      ESPN wants to hire you as an analyst solely based on that comment.

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

        I should ghostwrite for Gordon Edes.

        • Esteban

          It’s ok, we know you already do.

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          He could definitely use one.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Big Papi fail

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    LOLtiz

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    That looked papi was drinkin’ a bottle of piss

  • James A

    I wish McCutchen had said, “I used to look up to Big Papi, but then he refused to admit his positive test and bitches and moans about any pitch inside, following it by swinging at 3-0 pitches in 7 run games and then charging the mound while running to first. Frankly he’s sort of a bitch whose just good at making the media like him because he smiles a lot and says everyone is his boy.”

  • http://www.CarlsYankeeDugout.com Carl

    After being so dominant last year in Anaheim, how disappointing was that? Gonna have to settle it with Matty if Fielder gets a lot more than the last 5 combined.

  • Esteban

    I’m already getting bored.

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

      /Montero’d

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Is it only the top 2 that advances?

    • sangreal

      Top 4. Not sure how they break this Tie

  • Jonathan Harker

    No reason to watch until Robbie’s 2nd attempt. Look at all those clowns paying ridiculous prices to watch this junk.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      So basically you called the RABbis a joke a couple years back.

  • http://www.CarlsYankeeDugout.com Carl

    Ladies and Gentleman, we have ourselves a 3-way tiebreaker for two spots.

    • http://www.CarlsYankeeDugout.com Carl

      Gentlemen*

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Robbie is still kicking everyone’s ass.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Can we get Robbie back out there yet?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Robbie >>>>> Everyone Else

  • Cuso

    Papi is trying to wear out Mr. Cano so he doesn’t have any good pitches left for Robbie.

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

    Matt Holliday looks so sad. It’s because he cares about baseball so much and he knows that these disrespectful clowns are just going to tarnish the game with their backward hats and showboating now that he’s been eliminated.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      he applied to much polish to his head for the big event.

  • http://www.CarlsYankeeDugout.com Carl

    HAHA! 5 longballs on all 5 swings!

  • MannyGeee

    So yeah… Your boy Cano????

    FUCKING BEAST MODE. He has made my night.

  • Cuso

    Lol. A-Gon has a “sweet” swing, but Cano is more of a thunder bat.

    Ravech, u clueless fuck

  • YankeesJunkie

    Bean him Cano Sr!

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Big Papi again? I want to see Robinson!

  • Cuso

    Brad Pitt is Billy Beane?

    Really?

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

      Royce Clayton is Miguel Tejada.

    • MannyGeee

      Yeah that trailer just made it go up inside me. I had no interest in Moneyball, now I have negative interest…

  • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    mmmmm Jose Cano you look so fiiiine mmmmm

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Papi is seriously complaining about the music?

  • Zack D

    This is the one event I wish Joe West was hurrying along.

    /2 hour first round HR derby

  • MannyGeee

    LOL. Ortiz with the music complaints…. Then goes back to rolling over on pitches 2 pitches later… Asshole.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Adrian sounds so weird.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Fuck this shit I want Robbie…

  • CP

    Maybe it’s just me, but the Homerun Derby seems to be one of those events that would be much more impressive in person than on TV.

    • MannyGeee

      The fact that Berman and Nomar aren’t being shoved down your throat in person would be cool…

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    FINALLY. Lets go Robbie!

  • MannyGeee

    Robbie. Time. Bitch

  • Skip

    Wow, Robbie just smokes these. No cheapies for him.

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

    (rolls out of bed)
    (hits homers)

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Dontcha Know?

  • JobaWockeeZ

    The POWER!!!!!!

  • Jonathan Harker

    He’s putting on a show. What a beautiful swing.

  • MannyGeee

    Robbie is making these boys look foolish.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Robbie = tank.
      Everyone else = soldier

      • Esteban

        MEGATRON.

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          He will rip his challenger’s arms off.

          • first time lawng time

            Best meme ever.

      • MannyGeee

        Megatron….

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Fuck you Kruk.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Cano unlike the others has not really skied any of the homers more just really long line drives it has been incredible.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Cano is just tearing shit up tonight.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Holy fuck!

  • themgmt

    That last pitch was a 9 inches inside, how do you keep that fair and hit it out?

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      I think Cano Sr. might be tipping his pitches. It’s like Cano knows where it’s going to be before he swings his bat.

  • MannyGeee

    Save some love for the finals Robbie…

  • SDM

    the balls leave the park because they’re scared of Robbie

    Also these guys are the whitest men on the planet

    “get away get awya get….” are Bustas opening lines for the song

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Cano WILL NOT BE STOPPED

  • Esteban

    It’s amazing how much power Ribbinson has when he doesn’t look very big and he’s obviously too lazy to work out.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Robbie tearin’ shit up

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    For an encore, Cano will go out and swing righty.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    That ONLY went 420’?

  • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    The past three days have been genuinely great days to be a Yankee fan.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Robinson Cano=Beast

    • http://www.CarlsYankeeDugout.com Carl

      He’s putting on a SHOW!

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Show = stolen

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    So now he can win a batting title and a home run title.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Who wins in this HR derby: Healthy A-Rod or Cano?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Healthy A-Rod. But that’s more of a testament of how much of a beast ARod is.

    • MannyGeee

      2011 Cano eats 2011 A Rod alive…. even healthy.

      Against 2005 A Rod? We ALL win…

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    2008 Josh Hamilton’d

    • http://deleted Total Dominication

      Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

  • Brandon

    Cano has just been KILLING these balls. 20 HR’s, 2 of them under 400 ft. This is crazy!

    • YankeesJunkie

      Cano’s swing is amazing and that pretty much sums it up. If he had a better eye he would be one of the best three hitters in baseball.

  • jon

    well a little better than swisher last year

  • first time lawng time

    Martin, Granderson, and Robertson look so funny.

    • MannyGeee

      I have been thoroughly enjoying watching them cheer on Robbie

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      Roberton looks like he should be doing my taxes.

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

        /racist’d

  • Esteban

    YES MORE POOL SHOTS!

    APPROVED.

    • MannyGeee

      Yes… What can make America’s Pastime better???? Hot college girls in bikinis…

      God bless the USA.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Hot Bikini babes followed by Santa Claus?

  • first time lawng time

    I actualy find Berman amusing.

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

      I did too, when I was your age, 15 years of schtick ago.

      • MannyGeee

        Three presidents wormy of the same schtick….

        Rumblin, Stumblin! Bumblin

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

          Carlos “One if by Land, Two if by Sea, Three if” Baerga.

          • MannyGeee

            Not gonna lie, that one is still my favorite…

          • MannyGeee

            Chuck “New Kids on the” Knoblauch….

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Manny Acta? nope.

  • first time lawng time

    Yeah. Gonzalez is not losing this.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Well you know Suzyn…..

  • Adam Parker

    Are they gonna cheat and add those HRs from the swing off?

    • jon

      nope

  • jon

    yikes hope cano makes it

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    that man just stole a ball from a kid.

    • jon

      forget that did you see that GIANT fat guy? how did he make it into the park

      • MannyGeee

        Service entrance…

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    just imagine the backlash from beantown if ortiz or aGonz got hurt during this event…

  • JasonScando

    Goooooooooooooo Canoooooooooo!

  • YankeesJunkie

    At worst Cano is a swing off. However, I don’t see Fielder with 15 although it is possible.

    • MannyGeee

      If Prince swings the bat like that 15 times he might break something. Not slim

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

        He’s got a layer of protective fat insulating his bones.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Haha, Agonz is using his Padres bat.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Cano still has the longest projected distance at 495′

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    Agonz does not fit on the Sox…someone should do something about this.

    • MannyGeee

      Quick! Glue some pubic hairs on his face and rub a ton of dirt on him and pine tar his hat! We’ll grit him up yet!!!!

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Finals time. Let’s do this Robbie.

  • SDM

    The Rivalry even takes over the derby

  • Greg

    Is it ok to be really pissed if AGon wins this one and the Yankees lose again to the Red Sox?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Not really considering no one thought Robbie would be this godly.

      • jon

        i was just hoping he out slugged ricky weeks

        • JobaWockeeZ

          LOL same with me.

      • Greg

        ok

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Josh Hamilton didn’t win in 08.

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

      Is it ok to be really pissed if AGon wins this one and the Yankees lose again to the Red Sox?

      FACT: The Yankees are not playing the Red Sox tonight.

      • Greg

        You know the media will interpret right…

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

          For the billionth time:

          Fuck the media.

        • first time lawng time

          Just learn to laugh at it.

  • YankeesJunkie

    This HR derby has been representative of baseball this thus far…

    AL Beast>>>>>>>rest of MLB

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Just the East in general. The NL East has got the Phillies and Braves.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Fuck you and you east coast bias.

        /HalosHeaven’d

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          Suck it Angels fans.

  • jon

    God i cant wait for agons BABIP to normalize

    • MannyGeee

      The BABIP Gods take HR Derby night off… Everyone knows that.

  • CBean

    Let’s go Cano!

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Is this going to be the first time the winner of the derby actually hit the most HRs at the derby?

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    no matter what, Robbie has hit his further..chicks dig the longer ball

  • JobaWockeeZ

    They got their best power hitter up but we still got 2 more IMO that are better than Robbie.

    Hell even Alex could put up a fight.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    good lord…they get all moist about balls just clearing the wall.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Wtf? Dude with a Lakers Suck sign?

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Uncool

  • YankeesJunkie

    I will give that catch a 9

  • Greg

    AGon’s got this

  • MannyGeee

    Fall into the pool, catch the ball AND saved the beer. And oh yeah surround yourself with bikini girls.

    Real American hero.

  • jon

    BryanHoch The guy who just caught rhe ball and fell into the pool with the bikini girls? Sorry, Cano & A-Gon. He just won the #HRDerby.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Gonzalez isn’t giving Robbie a chance.

    • MannyGeee

      I really wish he played ANYWHERE else but Boston right now.

  • first time lawng time

    I’m so used to listening to Michael Kay that when Berman says, “back back back” I still don’t 100% expect it to leave.

    • MannyGeee

      Back back back back backkkkkk…………..

      And caught at the track..

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Back back back back back……………caught on the pitcher’s mound.

      • Esteban

        /Sterling’d

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Robbie is da BOMB!

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          reply fail

  • MannyGeee

    A Rod on a surgically repaired knee could have beat the NL tonite…

    • Pastadivingarod

      Ok thats true and funny.
      Posada swisher and nunez could have too

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

    Gonzalez’s charity girl is cuter than Robbie’s charity girl. The Red Sox beat the Yankees again.

    /Greg’d

    • Greg

      I’m not going that far.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Cano’s fucking got this.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Cano’s got some work to do.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Someone needs to gif the fan with the epic catch.

  • Pastadivingarod

    Now agon will be fuged up for the rest of the season spent a lot of bullets there.
    Good job robbie

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    be the ball, Robbie…be the ball.

    • MannyGeee

      Hananananananananananana……….

  • Avi

    Gonzalez had a lot of cheapies.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Red Sox players get a lot of cheapies.

      FTFY

  • MannyGeee

    So Cap’n America… What are we thinking there? Another abortion along the lines of Green Lantern?

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

      Hayley Atwell looks yummy.

    • Esteban

      I think in some countries (Russia is one I know) it’s being released as “The First Avenger” and not Captain America.

  • Graig not Craig

    Did you see the kid in the Detroit jersey with Granderson on th back? Throwback jersey. Time to update, dude.

  • Graig not Craig

    They need to spread this over 2 nights. Make it a miniseries.

  • Brandon

    The sad part is that if we would be going by length, Cano would be murdering the field. Gonzalez had alot of homers below 400 all night. Cano has only had 2 so far. I hope Cano has enough left. But if he doesnt, at least we can all take comfort in knowing that Cano had 2 cheapies in 20 HR’s and more than half of Gonzalez’s 31 homers were cheapies

  • Skip

    That is a beautiful swing by Robbie – it’s not a harsh uppercut, just a nice level swing when he has it working…you see the uppercut when he tries to hard to get it out of the park.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    ESPN’s cover page would be east coast bias…

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Hamilton-esque

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

    Robbie Cano won the 2011 Home Run Derby. No matter what happens vis-a-vis the final score.

    • MannyGeee

      THIS

  • jon

    7 more lets do this robbie

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Robbie is mashing.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    OMG that Yankee Stadium kid caught that ball.

  • Esteban

    Yeah! Sweet Homer Simpsons shirt broski!

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      The kid wearing the Simpson shirt is the kid from New York who’s caught like 2,000 baseballs. The dude who caught homerun balls two games in a row.

  • MannyGeee

    Cano bitch… Cano

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I don’t give a fuck if Cano doesn’t get one more he was the fucking best.

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

    Amazing.

  • Esteban

    How the hell does he have so much power? It’s absurd.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Holy fucking shit.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Robbie is in beast mode!

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    lolol

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Fucking Wow.

  • Brent

    MY HERO

  • YankeesJunkie

    Robbie doing it for lulz.

  • Dale Mohorcic

    Jose Cano seems to be in better shape than Robinson. Wonder how many he could knock out.

  • Ray the Anti-Handle

    CANO!

  • Alfredo

    robbie cano dont u know. Champion Home run Derby

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Walk off.

  • Greg

    HE GOT IT

  • jon

    fuck yea

  • Reggie C.

    Too Deep.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    That’s it I’m going to buy an unnecessary Cano shirt.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Suck it ESPN. SUCK IT!

    Robbie Cano, DONTCHA KNOW?

  • Esteban

    That’s awesome that he’s so excited by winning too.

  • Ivan

    Wow Cano, just wow. Yankees always beat the Red Sox.

    • first time lawng time

      Except for 8/9 of the games played so far this year…

      /buzzkill’d

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

    Don’tcha know.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Idea for a show on YES: Robbie Cano BP

  • CBean

    I wanted to see how many more he could hit

  • first time lawng time

    That is so cute!

    I’ll be honest, I only thought Cano would 3 in the first round. Lol

    • Greg

      So did I. I had no idea he had that much power.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

    The whole world is now #aware. God, I love Cano. We get to watch his amazingness everyday.

  • Esteban

    So this means the Yankees win the division, right?

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

      I think it means the World team gets HFA for the 2012 Futures Game.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    I thank the lord everyday for making me a Yankee fan!

    Way to go robbie…wins it in totals and distance.

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

    And Greg can now exhale.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I LOL’d hard.

    • Greg

      I was being sarcastic before. I wouldn’t have been that upset.

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

        Sure, you were, buddy. Play it cool.

  • http://www.CarlsYankeeDugout.com Carl

    You’re the man, Robbie! YOU’RE THE MAN!

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

    Too many homers!

  • Adam Parker

    Don’t you know.

  • David N

    Home Run Derby over! Yankees win! Theeeeeeeee Yankees win!!!

    Robbie = Absolute Beast

  • Avi

    Yo Adrian: Suck It! You Boston bitch.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Adrian is definitely the classiest dude on that team.

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        That’s not saying much.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          True but he’s a good guy unlike everyone else on that team.

          • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

            That’s true. But I just can’t root for anyone who wears a Red Sox uniform.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Next year they need to do HR derby with aluminum bats, the juiced one of course.

  • Ray the Anti-Handle

    I think they should have let him use the rest of his outs. Might have cracked 20! (Also good for charity.)

  • Alex S

    Did anyone catch the guy in the Homer Simpson shirt who caught Robbie’s 8th HR this round? that was Zack Hample

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsF0mPONeZc

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    ROBBIE WE LOVE YOU!

  • bonestock94

    Haha that was awesome

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    all you sunsabitches know that Pedroia would’ve still beat him…

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

      Wily Mo Peña, 8th best homerun hitter in Boston history, bitches.

  • Pat D

    Damn, he put on a show.

  • warren

    robbie cano! and daddy cano!

  • jon

    cano hit the most HR, that the longest avg, and 2nd furthest

    thatll do robbie thatll do

  • Alfredo

    Wow hopefully this is a sign of things to come for the yankees and cano!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    These last 4 days have made me very happy to be a Yankees fan.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      indeed!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Robbie wins it with his dad. Sweetness.

  • dkidd

    yo, adrian!

    he did it!!!

  • mbonzo

    I bet everyone at work that Cano would win. Can’t wait for all the cool stuff I get now. Watching him hit BP all year there was little doubt in him. Agon did such a great job though, he scared the crap outta me.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    So, they’re not going to let him spend more of State Farm’s money?

  • Alfredo

    i think he hit the furthest homerun he hit one into right center that was out of reach of every fan it hit the combo sign in right center.

  • Brandon

    Robinson Cano: 32 home runs
    Adrian Gonzalez: 31 home runs

    Robinson Cano: 30 home runs over 400 feet
    Adrian Gonzalez: Maybe 15 home runs over 400 feet and that is being generous

    The man who should have won it won. All is right tonight. Cano KILLED it!

  • Esteban

    More pool shots!

  • Mykey

    Man, Robby killed a lot of rallies tonight.

  • first time lawng time

    Lol there are two Santa Clauses here tonight!

    Black Santa Clause and that guy by the pool!

  • Guest

    Had a good feeling. He has the perfect HR derby swing. Easy, momentum based, effortless (doesn’t tire like the hard-swingers). He could hit HR’s all night long.

  • Graig not Craig

    Here’s hoping Cano isn’t shot for the rest of the season. Should have sat out with the rest of the Yankee All Stars.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Cano:

    Better than Pedroia

    Yeah, I said it

    • David N

      Wait, I’m confused…I thought Pedroia was supposed to be the laser show, but those balls that Robbie was hitting…it just doesn’t make sense….

  • Simon

    How fortunate we all are to watch a player of Cano’s caliber everyday! Congrats Robbie! It’s great to be a Yankee fan!

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

    Cano: Here, Dad, you can have this trophy, I don’t give a shit about it.

    • YankeesJunkie

      None of those were hustled and gritty homers.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      right on! i only care about rings!

  • Greg

    Dad was a pitcher for the ‘Stros? Interesting.

    • Esteban

      Definitely didn’t grow under the typical conditions most Dominican players grew up in.

      • mbonzo

        Wasn’t he in a Dominican gang when he lived in New Jersey until his dad found out?

        • Esteban

          Really? I hadn’t heard that before.

          • mbonzo

            http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10.....0cano.html

            Good read on Cano. I think thats where I saw this. I don’t know what the circumstances were but apparently he was involved in turf wars when he was 14/15 and his dad sent him back to the DR.

  • first time lawng time

    Who grabbed Cano’s ass during the celebration? Was that Martin? LMAO

  • Pastadivingarod

    And just like that
    THE YANKEES BEAT THE REDSOX AGAIN
    Yankee magic always a good sign for no 28

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

    David Robertson’s awkward man-hug of Russell Martin (while Martin was hugging Cano) was hilarious. ARod and Tex-esque from 2009.

    DRob clearly knew he shouldn’t press his crotch into Martin’s ass, but he could barely keep his hips from thrusting forward.

    • Pat D

      That was borderline pornographic and I pledge to end all pornography, amongst other things, once I am elected president.

      Sincerely,
      Rick Santorum

  • Brandon

    I really wanna know how far that home run was where they couldnt even measure it. That one was definitely further than Fielders 474

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      the one in the first round hit half way up that iron pole…it was 472 and it had a lot more distance to travel…at least 500 ft.

  • first time lawng time

    I’m so happy I decided to watch it. Cano put on quite the show. Those were absolute bombs. Few cheapies

  • Avi

    With Cano, we may very well be watching a hall of famer in his prime. Enjoy..

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

      That is awesome haha

    • Pat D

      Jose Valverde is walking comedy.

  • Avi

    Robbie’s relationship with his dad is a beautiful thing.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    papi is such a joke…being a dikfer all season and then he comes to this and embarrasses himself. and he only hits.

  • Avi

    I feel like there should be a home run derby every week. Once a year isn’t enough. Imagine a home run derby in January – It would be Awesome.

    • Greg

      There used to be one. Remember the tv show back in the sixties that airs on ESPN Classic.

      • Cuso

        i remember that. it was black/white and the stands were empty and there was just two batters, a pitcher & a single broadcaster.

        it was weird, but kinda funny too

    • MikeD

      I’d go for a HR derby in January. I’ll go for anything that introduces some small baseball element in the long, dark Winter days.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    It has to just kill sox fans to see how humble and collected guys like Jeter and Cano are. These guys obviously come from very good families and are very grounded.

    • mbonzo

      Agon wasn’t? Guy put on a “laser show” and was super classy when he lost.

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        picture papi or pedroia up there…

      • Betty Lizard

        I really enjoyed seeing Adrian Gonzalez tonight– What a talent, and he competed with heart and with grace. That’s part of the charm of the Home Run Derby and the All Star game– Watching players being fans, and seeing all the kids, and seeing players enjoying the game and having fun outside the rigid roles and rivalries.

  • Cuso

    Now talk radio will belittle his win because he “got” to have his Das pitch & A-Gon got “stuck” with Manny Acta.

  • mbonzo

    People on over the monster think Agon has a far better swing than Cano. (Some also think Pedroia is a better 2nd baseman, we’ll ignore the “laser show”)

    I gotta say, Agon has had a better career, but Cano gets extra points for fielding and has the better swing. When you hear scouts say they haven’t seen anything like it since Willie Mays, and he puts up the numbers to show it, you know theres something special. Agon will be a player to remember this decade, but Cano will be remembered much longer. Just a much simpler swing that he can replicate 99% of the time. Best swing in baseball right now, I just hope he ends up doing what he’s capable of.

    • MikeD

      Gonzalez is not a True Red Sox. He has yet to earn his sox, although by choking against Cano, he’s almost there.

  • Joe

    What a derby, definitely the best I’ve seen. It had everything: Latino vs. US players, American vs National League, Yanks vs Redsox final, in improbable record breaking finish, the underdog second baseman, a father pitching to his son only smiling after he hit the winning homer. What a sporting event. Truly some of the most exciting baseball I’ve seen this year…