Too Many Homers!

Tampa and Staten Island win big on Derby night
The great Cano vs. Pedroia debate
(Jeff Gross/Getty)

Thirty-two homers total, thirty over 400 feet. Final round record 12 homers. The laziest power display in baseball history. Robinson Cano, 2011 Home Run Derby Champion. Smile.

Also, mad props to Jose Cano. What a moment that must have been for him.


Tampa and Staten Island win big on Derby night
The great Cano vs. Pedroia debate
  • nesto

    Robbie went BOOM.

  • first name only male (formerly Mike R. – Retire 21)

    Sure he won, but that smile isn’t lighting up any stadium. Not like Papi’s does.


    • http://none Favrest

      Papi’s smile is steroid induced. Like the rest of him.

      • Jericho Spade

        Wouldn’t it have been crazy, if, when they were talking to McCutchen, and they kept asking him if he grew up idolizing Ortiz, if he said flt out… No, I can’t idolize someone who got tapped for doing steroids.

        • Mister Delaware

          “No, I didn’t idolize half players. Do you think Clayton Kershaw grew up idolizing Jesse Orosco?”

  • mbonzo

    Sweetest swing I’ve ever seen.

  • pat

    That’s pretty much what he does in bp every day.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Isn’t that what the HR Derby is? minus the 2 bunts when they first get in the cage?

  • 28 this year

    Perhaps the confidence boost and momentum to put together a monster 2nd half. One can only hope.

  • Cuso

    ESPN can’t help themselves.

    They’re doing the thing where they bury the Yanks on the bottom line:

    “ is reporting that Jeter is refusing to attend AS Game due to ’emotional & physical exhaustion’ from chasing 3,000.”

    How subtle. Wat tio disclaim credit for the wording, ESPN.

    F*cking losers in Stamford.

    • Cuso

      should read “way to disclaim…”

    • first name only male (formerly Mike R. – Retire 21)

      That’s actually the watered down version. They originally wanted to go with:

      “Jeter sits out All Star with with what some speculate might be a Herpes flare up.”

    •!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      It amazes me that after months of bitching about how Jeter shouldn’t be starting the All Star game over Cabrera, they finally get their wish and they still rip him apart.

      • bexarama

        This. And this goes for everyone, not just ESPN.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Seriously. The best SS is starting in the AL. Don’t know why anyone should be complaining. I mean at the time Jeter got voted he had a 0.5 fucking WAR.

    • AnthonyD


      • Cuso

        sorry, Bristol.


        • buckfunts

          Common utterances in the Palin household.

          • Xstar7


        • Doug

          You were thinking of the WWE. That’s awesome.

  • Xstar7

    I love how Grandy, D-Rob, and Coltrane were like Robbie’s cheerleaders during the derby. Earlier today I would have been satisfied if Cano reached the 2nd round. Just amazing that he won it all.

  • Rey22

    Best final around in a HR Derby in quite a while. Cano winning aside, the last round was closer and more exciting than any of the recent ones.

  • Jetrer

    Very impressive performance by Cano.
    I would be curious to see his O Swing % for the Derby though. Hopefully the derby doesn’t fuck up his swing for the rest of the year.

  • buckfunts
  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    If Larry Bowa were pitching to him, he would’ve hit 50 homers

    • Doug

      If he finished through the final round, he might have

      • Joe

        More proof that he’s so lazy

  • Esteban

    It was pretty cool that he seemed legitimately happy to win.

  • BigBlueAL

    That was one amazing display tonight by Cano.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Robbie is a tank. AGon is a soldier. Simple.

    • buckfunts


      • MannyGeee

        obviously Ortiz… the straw that stirs the HR Derby drink.

    • Xstar7

      The warm weather in Arizona had something to do with it.

  • bexarama

    The Home Run Derby is generally lame and all but that was just AWESOME.

  • Cuso

    Awesome job by Robbie tonight…

    I apologize but I’m going to raise another off-the-subject issue.

    CC is getting lumped in with people being questioned for not going to AS game even though he wasn’t named until late Saturday.

    Nevermind that Ron Washington is a slanted jack-off who knows CC shoulda been named all along. Now…..

    I have this sneaking suspicion that Washington as a “fuck you” might try to have D-Rob pitch 2+ innings to blow out his arm.

    I know it’s paranoid, but I just wouldn’t put it past him.

    • bexarama

      If I’m Ron Washington I’d rather do that to Weaver, Pineda, Felix, etc. Not that it matters, it won’t happen.

      • Cuso

        i would rather too. But it strikes me as a very Ranger thing to do.

        for example, if it were Francona or Maddon, i’d trust them to respect other teams’ pitchers.

        it just strikes me as a very Rangers/Ron Washington thing to do. Their GM and president take pot-shots, after all.

        • mbonzo

          Lets just hope Washington doesn’t get any of our players hooked on coke.

          • Ryan


          • JohnnyC

            Crack to be specific. LOL. Why doesn’t Selig think it’s a good idea to highlight Washington’s “recovery” from crack addiction a la the endless feel-good stories about Josh Hamilton’s life-reversal?

        • Andrew

          Come on now, this is pretty dumb… When was the last time a reliever pitched two innings in the ASG? Never? Relax.

    • Mattpat11

      Ron Washington isn’t going to try to sabotage a rival player on national TV

      • Cuso

        Thats the beauty of it. Fans/media wouldn’t perceive it as sabotage; they’d subscribe to the Rangers non-pitch count, rubber-arm theory.

        • bexarama

          If they randomly throw out a reliever for a ton of innings and make him throw a ton of pitches, they’ll get criticism.

        • Andrew

          No. That’s definitely not how the fans/media would view it. Relax with the conspiracy theory.

    • MannyGeee

      Do you give the manager of an All Star game too much credit? how much managing is he REEEALLY doing?

      ‘Hey, overpaid allstar, go hit for that other overpaid allstar.’ you could be totally juked out on cocaine and do tha….

      oh, sorry.

  • James

    “Yankees 12 Red Sox 11”

  • Xstar7

    The American League out homered the National League 76-19.

    Total domination.

    • Nebkreb

      Robinson Cano: 32, National League: 19

      • YankeesJunkie

        Adrian Gonzalez: 31 National League: 19

        David Ortiz: 20 National League: 19

    • MannyGeee

      but but but but… I thought that the NL played baseball the ‘right way’?

      The NL did hit alot more doubles though, so they did not kill any rallys.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Prince Fielder pulled off an exciting, amazing, thrilling double-switch of Justin Upton for Rickie Weeks.

        I was on the edge of my seat.

  • Mark D.

    Cano had 12 homeruns with only 6 outs registered, he made it look easy tonight.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    lots of great moments here, but the best is when Jose tosses those balls in the air when Cano hits #12….

    • Doug

      Absolutely. Was saying ” IT’S OVER. TIME TO GO HOME!!!!”

      • Mister Delaware

        My favorite was the 7th time Ortiz brought out gatorade for someone to drink mid-turn. It was so funny and I hadn’t seen him on screen for almost 5 minutes!!!

  • Dale Mohorcic

    I know it’s an exhibition and not a game but I’m really glad that the red sux guys didn’t win. Maybe I’m nuts, but I was getting pisses off about Adrian Gonzalez hitting all those homers in a way that I wouldn’t have if it was one of the other guys (other than Sloppy, of course).

    • YankeesJunkie

      Yeah, I guess, but it was all in good fun tonight. While Gonzalez was great Cano was the best hitter tonight. Some of the shots he hit tonight were just incredible and considering how much bigger his other counter part were just makes it more impressive. I had a good laugh though seeing how poorly the NL counterparts did. I honestly believe for this tournament that it helps to have a more level swing than Cano than having a pure uppercut just based on having a more level and consistent swing. Although some of balls that Fielder and Holliday hit that were scraping the wall were damn impressive. Only change for Kauffman though would have to aluminum bats that would just make the whole thing crazy.

      • bexarama

        Yeah I gotta agree with this. Plus, Cano and Gonzalez were so awesome through the whole thing, they really helped keep it entertaining. I don’t really have anything against Gonzalez other than that he’s on the Red Sox and really good, and uh, he has an ugly smile /irrational hate. I’d rather him put on that show than like, Ortiz.

  • Carlosologist

    Credit goes to @rebexarama for posting it on Twitter, but this was the moment of the night.

    • bexarama

      I actually got it from Axisa in the Open Thread haha.

    • Dax J.


      That’s just awesome. Kudos to bexy.

      • Dax J.

        And to Mike, too, since he was the one who posted it first.

  • Kiersten

    Wallpaper commemorating the occasion if anyone would like. Yay Cano!

    • Yankeefan91 Arod Fan

      thx so much really apreciate this.

    • Karim Garcia

      Very cool! Thanks

  • FIPster Doofus

    The one year I skip the derby, a Yankee puts on a show. Oh well. Congrats to Robbie.

  • spark

    I could care less about the Home Run Derby. I’m glad Cano won, but it brings me joy to know Red Sux Nation is pissed off this morning.

  • Monteroisdinero

    What? No baserunning skills derby? lol

    Actually, they could have an outfield throwing derby to third and home etc. Be interesting.

    • Matt Imbrogno

      If by “interesting” you mean “unnecessarily opening players to injury risk” then I totally agree.

      • Mike R. – Retire 21

        Which part of the all-star game festivities isn’t an unnecessary injury risk to players?

        • Matt Imbrogno

          Fair enough, but things like what MID named are, IMO, more unnecessary than things like the Home Run Derby.

      • Monteroisdinero

        waiting for a rib/latissimus injury in the HR Derby-someday it’ll happen.

        • Klemy


    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Actually, they could have an outfield throwing derby to third and home etc. Be interesting.

      If only the Yankees had a speedy 5th outfielder with a rocket arm stashed away in AAA who could dominate such a competition…

      If only…

      • Monteroisdinero

        Twita! (That’swhatI’mtalkinabout!)

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    What was the WPA of Robbie’s final homerun?

  • Rainbow Connection

    Technically, he WAS lazy. He still had some swings left.

  • Russell NY

    My fav comment was at the end. Yankees 12, Red Sox 11.

  • MannyGeee

    it actually made me smile to se the ‘new Yankees’ represented. Kinda over Jeter and A-Rod pretending to give a shit about the Derby (or the game for that matter) but Grnaderson Coltraine and D-Rob (especially… he was the ‘team photographer’!) looked genuinely happy to be part of the festivities.

    Alot to like about last night!

  • Joel

    Congrats to Cano for winning the derby. Lets just hope it doesn’t screw up his swing for the 2nd half of season.

    As usual I just can’t get excited about the derby and didn’t watch it once again. Usually I watch the All Star game, but I’m finding it harder to get excited about it when so many players opted out.

  • Hester Prynne

    I only watched Cano’s ABs, everything else was a waste of time. I’ll watch the last couple innings of the ASG if it’s close. The break could be so much better but Selig is an idiot.

  • Hester Prynne

    And why is there all this talk about Jeter and Mariano should be at the ASG to tip their caps. What a meaningless reason to fly cross country for. Ridiculous.

    • Graig not Craig

      True. If you want to see them tip their caps – come see them in their natural environment. If I’m Jeter, I’m enjoying a few days at my mansion. If they want to see me tip my cap, they can wait until the World Series.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Seriously, all the criticism of Jeter for skipping the ASG pisses me off. First everybody whines that Jeter doesn’t deserve to go, then when he gives them what they want everybody whines that he isn’t playing. Ridiculous.

  • #24!!!!

    Really cool last night. Robbie was awesome and it was just a really fun thing to watch. What was even better than Robbie winning the derby last night? His press conference. Always putting on a show!

  • Mister Delaware

    I imagine someone made the obligatory “he took more pitches tonight than he does in a month” joke but I didn’t see it skimming through.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Hope I get a word with him before a game at the Trop next week.

    Sheer awesomeness.

  • JobaTheHeat62

    haha i live in Ohio, everyone said Robbie would get last place…I said he would win and i got laughed at. we Yankee fans knew what Robbie could do, and he was a beast yesterday. I loved every second of it.

  • Klemy

    Yeah, the MLB threads had a lot of Cano bashing, he doesn’t belong in the derby or the game, etc…gave him no chance last night. Apparently, a lot of people haven’t really seen him hit.

    It was a really fun thing to watch, probably better with the channel muted. Holy shit that commentating was awful.