Jul
11

Open Thread: 2011 Home Run Derby

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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

508 Comments»

  1. Jake S says:

    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.

  2. Kevin G. says:

    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.

  3. mike c says:

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

  4. IRF says:

    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.

  5. Rainbow Connection says:

    Peter Gammons sounds like the Elephant Man when he speaks.

  6. Guns of the Navarone says:

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

    • mike c says:

      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

  7. Xstar7 says:

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

  8. sangreal says:

    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/

  9. ItsATarp says:

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

  10. Robinson Cano is batting leadoff?!?!?!!

  11. dkidd says:

    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

  12. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  13. dkidd says:

    jason aldean: not arizona’s first choice

  14. bonestock94 says:

    Blegh, is this Nascar or baseball..

  15. dkidd says:

    i hope cano is carrying proof of citizenship

  16. Phife Dawg says:

    Chris Berman is more of a buzzkill than Buzz Killingtom.

  17. Stratman9652 says:

    Back Back Back Back …mute.

  18. BigTimeBartolo says:

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

  19. Kiersten says:

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

  20. YankeesJunkie says:

    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!

  21. BigTimeBartolo says:

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

  22. Rainbow Connection says:

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

  23. Eduardo Nunez says:

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

  24. ItsATarp says:

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

  25. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  26. first time lawng time says:

    LMAO Bautista’s voice…so not masculine

  27. Rainbow Connection says:

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

  28. first time lawng time says:

    Cal Ripken Jr = Steve Wilkos

  29. Rainbow Connection says:

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

  30. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Fuck that, I wanted to see Cano go first…

  31. first time lawng time says:

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

  32. dkidd says:

    is that a rattlesnake pattern on the uniform numbers?

  33. Cuso says:

    Wow. a big F U to Cano.

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

  34. magrone says:

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

  35. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  36. Rainbow Connection says:

    Sam Fuld has less charisma than JD Drew.

  37. Cuso says:

    i hope A-Gon hits 10 opposite field doubles here
    :D

  38. Esteban says:

    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 says:

      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.

  39. Hall and Nokes says:

    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.

  40. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  41. Xstar7 says:

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

  42. Cuso says:

    manny acta sucks

  43. YankeesJunkie says:

    These kids suck at fielding.

  44. bonestock94 says:

    Hahahaha, AGon is a badass

  45. Hall and Nokes says:

    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?

  46. Cuso says:

    C’mon Manny throw a curve ball or a splitter

  47. first time lawng time says:

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

  48. Xstar7 says:

    Adrian is showing no mercy

  49. Hall and Nokes says:

    Lol at Agon ruining his swing for the second half!

  50. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Those kids never catch those balls

  51. Cuso says:

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

  52. Stratman9652 says:

    Probably not the best idea to mic up these players…

  53. bonestock94 says:

    Holliday is kinda taking this seriously

  54. Xstar7 says:

    Another disappointing HR Derby outing from Holliday.

  55. Cuso says:

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

    he needs to take a damn hint

  56. Cuso says:

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

  57. Phife Dawg says:

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

  58. Sheepmeister says:

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

  59. first time lawng time says:

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

  60. bonestock94 says:

    Wow, Grandy sounds kinda effeminate

  61. Cuso says:

    I LOVE IT!!!

  62. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Damnnn, Robbie’s dad is jacked.

  63. IRF says:

    Robbie took two pitches, so hes already a winner

  64. YankeesJunkie says:

    Robinson fucking Cano!

  65. Greg says:

    Hello!

  66. Esteban says:

    Ribbinson is so good.

  67. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Let’s go Cano!

  68. mbonzo says:

    Canos got this. Holy shit. Hamilton style.

  69. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Robbie is crushing them!

  70. Xstar7 says:

    Robbie is hitting rockets

  71. JobaWockeeZ says:

    He has to kick Adrian’s ass.

  72. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    CANOOOOO! MASHING!

  73. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Wow that was a BOMB

  74. YankeesJunkie says:

    Unreal!

  75. JobaWockeeZ says:

    ROBBIE FUCKING CANO.

  76. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.

    And the bubble afterwards: priceless.

  77. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Robbie with the biggest HRs so far

  78. Willy says:

    Projected distance: 495 ft.

  79. Jonathan Harker says:

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

  80. Xstar7 says:

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

  81. Greg says:

    Oh well. Good representation.

  82. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Cano better get another shot…

  83. Cuso says:

    little douchebag tryin to steal Cano’s thunder

  84. bexarama says:

    Robbie. Daaaaaaaaaamn

  85. Xstar7 says:

    Lol Weeks. Reminiscent of Nick Swisher last year.

  86. first time lawng time says:

    LMAO Ortiz is such a clown.

  87. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Lol Rickie, lol

  88. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    WEEKs

  89. 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

  90. Stratman9652 says:

    Catching Prince saying “bitch” on TV… Priceless.

    • MannyGeee says:

      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…

  91. first time lawng time says:

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

  92. IRF says:

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

  93. Xstar7 says:

    The AL is dominating so far.

  94. IRF says:

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

  95. ItsATarp says:

    lulz bautista is twittering

  96. Brandon says:

    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.

  97. Esteban says:

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

  98. IRF says:

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

  99. BigTimeBartolo says:

    There’s no way the NL wins this

  100. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    That longest HR list is great.

  101. Greg says:

    Joey Bats failing

  102. Xstar7 says:

    Disappointing Joey, disappointing.

  103. Avi says:

    I knew Bautista was a fluke.

  104. Esteban says:

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

  105. Esteban says:

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

  106. first time lawng time says:

    Those blue shoes the NL is wearing are HIDesous.

    Whoever’s idea that was is seriously disturbed.

  107. IRF says:

    David Ortiz and Prince Fielder are most certainly NOT great athletes

  108. Greg says:

    Even his kid is laughing at him.

  109. Jerome S. says:

    I finally made a twitter account.

    For me.

    follow me or be vanquished

  110. Xstar7 says:

    Rihanna is disappointed in you, Matt.

  111. Foghorn Leghorn says:

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

  112. BigTimeBartolo says:

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

  113. Jerome S. says:

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

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

    • 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 says:

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

      • Guest says:

        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.

  114. dkidd says:

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

  115. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    Big POOPY

  116. Esteban says:

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

  117. 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.

  118. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    LOLtiz

  119. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    That looked papi was drinkin’ a bottle of piss

  120. James A says:

    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.”

  121. Carl says:

    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.

  122. Esteban says:

    I’m already getting bored.

  123. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Is it only the top 2 that advances?

  124. Jonathan Harker says:

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

  125. Carl says:

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

  126. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Robbie is still kicking everyone’s ass.

  127. Xstar7 says:

    Can we get Robbie back out there yet?

  128. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Robbie >>>>> Everyone Else

  129. Cuso says:

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

  130. 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.

  131. Carl says:

    HAHA! 5 longballs on all 5 swings!

  132. MannyGeee says:

    So yeah… Your boy Cano????

    FUCKING BEAST MODE. He has made my night.

  133. Cuso says:

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

    Ravech, u clueless fuck

  134. YankeesJunkie says:

    Bean him Cano Sr!

  135. Xstar7 says:

    Big Papi again? I want to see Robinson!

  136. Cuso says:

    Brad Pitt is Billy Beane?

    Really?

  137. Jerome S. says:

    mmmmm Jose Cano you look so fiiiine mmmmm

  138. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Papi is seriously complaining about the music?

  139. Zack D says:

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

    /2 hour first round HR derby

  140. MannyGeee says:

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

  141. Xstar7 says:

    Adrian sounds so weird.

  142. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Fuck this shit I want Robbie…

  143. CP says:

    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.

  144. Xstar7 says:

    FINALLY. Lets go Robbie!

  145. MannyGeee says:

    Robbie. Time. Bitch

  146. Skip says:

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

  147. JobaWockeeZ says:

    The POWER!!!!!!

  148. Jonathan Harker says:

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

  149. MannyGeee says:

    Robbie is making these boys look foolish.

  150. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Fuck you Kruk.

  151. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  152. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    Cano is just tearing shit up tonight.

  153. themgmt says:

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

    • The Fallen Phoenix says:

      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.

  154. MannyGeee says:

    Save some love for the finals Robbie…

  155. SDM says:

    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

  156. Xstar7 says:

    Cano WILL NOT BE STOPPED

  157. Esteban says:

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

  158. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Robbie tearin’ shit up

  159. Stratman9652 says:

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

  160. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    That ONLY went 420′?

  161. Jerome S. says:

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

  162. YankeesJunkie says:

    Robinson Cano=Beast

  163. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Show = stolen

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

  165. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  166. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    2008 Josh Hamilton’d

  167. Brandon says:

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

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      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.

  168. jon says:

    well a little better than swisher last year

  169. first time lawng time says:

    Martin, Granderson, and Robertson look so funny.

  170. Esteban says:

    YES MORE POOL SHOTS!

    APPROVED.

  171. Xstar7 says:

    Hot Bikini babes followed by Santa Claus?

  172. first time lawng time says:

    I actualy find Berman amusing.

  173. first time lawng time says:

    Yeah. Gonzalez is not losing this.

  174. Adam Parker says:

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

  175. jon says:

    yikes hope cano makes it

  176. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    that man just stole a ball from a kid.

  177. Foghorn Leghorn says:

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

  178. JasonScando says:

    Goooooooooooooo Canoooooooooo!

  179. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  180. Stratman9652 says:

    Haha, Agonz is using his Padres bat.

  181. YankeesJunkie says:

    Cano still has the longest projected distance at 495′

  182. Foghorn Leghorn says:

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

    • MannyGeee says:

      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!!!!

  183. Xstar7 says:

    Finals time. Let’s do this Robbie.

  184. SDM says:

    The Rivalry even takes over the derby

  185. Greg says:

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

  186. YankeesJunkie says:

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

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

  187. jon says:

    God i cant wait for agons BABIP to normalize

  188. CBean says:

    Let’s go Cano!

  189. The Fallen Phoenix says:

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

  190. Foghorn Leghorn says:

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

  191. JobaWockeeZ says:

    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.

  192. Foghorn Leghorn says:

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

  193. Stratman9652 says:

    Wtf? Dude with a Lakers Suck sign?

  194. YankeesJunkie says:

    I will give that catch a 9

  195. Greg says:

    AGon’s got this

  196. MannyGeee says:

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

    Real American hero.

  197. jon says:

    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.

  198. Xstar7 says:

    Gonzalez isn’t giving Robbie a chance.

  199. first time lawng time says:

    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.

  200. MannyGeee says:

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

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

    /Greg’d

  202. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Cano’s fucking got this.

  203. Xstar7 says:

    Cano’s got some work to do.

  204. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Someone needs to gif the fan with the epic catch.

  205. Pastadivingarod says:

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

  206. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    be the ball, Robbie…be the ball.

  207. Avi says:

    Gonzalez had a lot of cheapies.

  208. MannyGeee says:

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

  209. Graig not Craig says:

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

  210. Graig not Craig says:

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

  211. Brandon says:

    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

  212. Skip says:

    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.

  213. JobaWockeeZ says:

    ESPN’s cover page would be east coast bias…

  214. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Hamilton-esque

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

  216. jon says:

    7 more lets do this robbie

  217. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Robbie is mashing.

  218. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    OMG that Yankee Stadium kid caught that ball.

  219. Esteban says:

    Yeah! Sweet Homer Simpsons shirt broski!

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      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.

  220. MannyGeee says:

    Cano bitch… Cano

  221. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  222. Esteban says:

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

  223. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Holy fucking shit.

  224. Xstar7 says:

    Robbie is in beast mode!

  225. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    lolol

  226. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Fucking Wow.

  227. Brent says:

    MY HERO

  228. YankeesJunkie says:

    Robbie doing it for lulz.

  229. Dale Mohorcic says:

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

  230. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    CANO!

  231. Alfredo says:

    robbie cano dont u know. Champion Home run Derby

  232. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Walk off.

  233. Greg says:

    HE GOT IT

  234. jon says:

    fuck yea

  235. Reggie C. says:

    Too Deep.

  236. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  237. Xstar7 says:

    Suck it ESPN. SUCK IT!

    Robbie Cano, DONTCHA KNOW?

  238. Esteban says:

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

  239. Ivan says:

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

  240. YankeesJunkie says:

    Idea for a show on YES: Robbie Cano BP

  241. CBean says:

    I wanted to see how many more he could hit

  242. first time lawng time says:

    That is so cute!

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

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

  244. Esteban says:

    So this means the Yankees win the division, right?

  245. Foghorn Leghorn says:

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

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

  246. Carl says:

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

  247. Adam Parker says:

    Don’t you know.

  248. David N says:

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

    Robbie = Absolute Beast

  249. Avi says:

    Yo Adrian: Suck It! You Boston bitch.

  250. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  251. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

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

  252. Alex S says:

    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

  253. Kiersten says:

    ROBBIE WE LOVE YOU!

  254. bonestock94 says:

    Haha that was awesome

  255. Foghorn Leghorn says:

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

  256. Pat D says:

    Damn, he put on a show.

  257. warren says:

    robbie cano! and daddy cano!

  258. jon says:

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

    thatll do robbie thatll do

  259. Alfredo says:

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

  260. Xstar7 says:

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

  261. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Robbie wins it with his dad. Sweetness.

  262. dkidd says:

    yo, adrian!

    he did it!!!

  263. mbonzo says:

    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.

  264. Jimmy McNulty says:

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

  265. Alfredo says:

    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.

  266. Brandon says:

    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!

  267. Esteban says:

    More pool shots!

  268. Mykey says:

    Man, Robby killed a lot of rallies tonight.

  269. first time lawng time says:

    Lol there are two Santa Clauses here tonight!

    Black Santa Clause and that guy by the pool!

  270. Guest says:

    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.

  271. Graig not Craig says:

    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.

  272. Jerome S. says:

    Cano:

    Better than Pedroia

    Yeah, I said it

    • David N says:

      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….

  273. Simon says:

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

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

  275. Greg says:

    Dad was a pitcher for the ‘Stros? Interesting.

  276. first time lawng time says:

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

  277. Pastadivingarod says:

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

  278. 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 says:

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

      Sincerely,
      Rick Santorum

  279. Brandon says:

    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 says:

      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.

  280. first time lawng time says:

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

  281. Avi says:

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

  282. Avi says:

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

  283. Foghorn Leghorn says:

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

  284. Avi says:

    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 says:

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

      • Cuso says:

        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 says:

      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.

  285. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    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 says:

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

      • Foghorn Leghorn says:

        picture papi or pedroia up there…

      • Betty Lizard says:

        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.

  286. Cuso says:

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

  287. mbonzo says:

    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 says:

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

  288. Joe says:

    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…

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