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  • July 15th, 2008

    Home Run Derby:
    Best…One…Ever…

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:52 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (3)

    Holy Buckets! 28…homers…in…the…1st round…

    As I mentioned yesterday, I was cheering for Josh Hamilton to win the Homerun Derby, and while he lost to Justin Morneau, 5-3 in the final round (where both hitters start from zero–which is a bogus, crappy rule…) He hit 28 homers in the 1st round, obliterating the Bobby Abreu record of 24 from 2005–with a 71 year old pitcher, a volunteer high school coach that used to throw batting practice for Josh when he was a kid in N. Carolina–Clay Counsil.

    I have written about Josh before, after Red Sox Dad Ted D told me about his amazing story: Less than 3 year ago, he was rock bottom, strung out on just about every drug imaginable, on his way to a horrible death. Today, he is on his way to being what he should have been in 1999 when he was the #1 pick and was drafted by Tampa Bay.

    When I watched him swing last night, I got the chills, THIS is the guy that could have been better than A-Rod, better than Manny, better than any player out there today. Look at how he plays now, being completely and utterly out of the game and ravaging his body with addiction for 3 years, to bounce back and be playing in the bigs, where he currently patrols the outfield for the Rangers, and hits .310 with 95 RBI’s and 21 homers…He is definitely inspiring, and shows that miracles can happen…Its a great story, and I am so happy he has found his way back to what he is meant to do…

    So the big question for the All-Star game tonight is: will Papelbon or Rivera get last call? OF COURSE all the Skankee people think it’s a no brainer, even Papelbon is spouting the party line: “…I understand what it’s about. I understand putting my time in Major League Baseball and what it means to me and what the game means to me…”I think it would be kind of bull-headed of me and kind of selfish of me not to understand. I understand it. I fully understand what’s going on here.” Thanks Paps–I think we are clear you “understand”. My feeling on it? Let Rivera close, but then if he sucks (perfectly plausible–remember the game on July 5th against the Sox? If the Little Sisters of the Poor (AKA Crisp, Varitek and Lugo) weren’t up to bat, there is a VERY good chance the Sox could have won that game…) Put Paps in. I understand that there will be a freakin riot if Rivera doesn’t get the “respect” he deserves. Ironic thing is that if it was at Fenway, people would (although not as many, probably) would be saying that Rivera should get the “respect” Whatever…

    Since there has been many years that Manny has blown off the All-Star game (How many ill mothers does the man have anyway?) why is it such a big deal that he blew off the media event? Order of magnitude folks. Big Papi said it best: “I can’t believe you’re still expecting Manny. You know better.”

    The big rumor around town right now is the Sox are in secret negotiations for Mark Teixeira–with Youk and Craig Hansen as the other part of that deal. My question is, uh WHY????? Teixeira will not make the Sox better. Theo is denying there is anything to the rumor…

    David Ortiz, who is honoring the fans that sent him to the All-Star game by being there, despite the fact he is unable to play because of his wrist injury, took batting practice yesterday with the AL All- Stars and hit a number of homers, including some into the upper deck. He will be hading to Pawtucket this weekend for 3 rehab games, then off to the Seadogs for 3 more. And, about those Seas Dogs games? They are already sold out in anticipation of Big Papi’s arrival next week…

    According to Barry Bonds’ agent, Jeff Morris, Barry has not gotten a SINGLE OFFER from any team in the bigs–None…Nada…ZIP…. More from Borris: “I’m an optimistic guy by nature, and I’ve told Barry that the prospects look bleak…No one is even asking about him. I talk to the clubs every day for a variety of reasons and his name is never brought up anymore. I’m more convinced now than ever that he won’t be in a major league uniform in 2008, and I think that’s a pathetic way for him to go out. I think he’s deserving of better. He gave his heart and soul to this game.” I think he is getting EXACTLY what he deserves–you sow what you reap Barry…

    And, if you have not seen them a million times by now, here are the starting lineups for tonight’s All Star Game.

    American League

    1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF, Mariners

    2. Derek Jeter, SS, Yankees

    3. Josh Hamilton, CF, Rangers

    4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B, Yankees

    5. Manny Ramirez, LF, Red Sox

    6. Milton Bradley, DH, Rangers

    7. Kevin Youkilis, 1B, Red Sox

    8. Joe Mauer, C, Twins

    9. Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox

    SP: Cliff Lee, Indians

    National League

    1. Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins

    2. Chase Utley, 2B, Phillies

    3. Lance Berkman, 1B, Astros

    4. Albert Pujols, DH, Cardinals

    5. Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves

    6. Matt Holliday, RF, Rockies

    7. Ryan Braun, LF, Brewers

    8. Kosuke Fukudome, CF, Cubs

    9. Geovany Soto, C, Cubs

    SP: Ben Sheets, Milwaukee

    Events begin at 8:00, but the actually game won’t start until 9, so there is no sense in watching until then….Remember, this time it counts!  UGH…

    3 Responses to “Home Run Derby:
    Best…One…Ever…”

    1. wickedpissadude says:

      I don’t know why, but I wasn’t interested in the Derby at all. Maybe it’s because it was happening while we were recording WPDR, but I just had no interest. I didn’t even care about the highlights on ESPN this morning.

      I am happy that Papi was back at the plate. I was psyched when I heard he was going to Portland because I work with a station in Portland and I was going to try and “plan” my trip around his rehab stint…but then it sold out in 20 min. GOOD TIMES!!

      http://www.wickedpissadude.com

    2. Cubs Soto Jersey Owner says:

      Can you provide more information on this for the rest of us far-away Cubs fans?

    3. I got a Cardinals Albert Pujols Jersey says:

      As a far-away (Netherlands) STL Cardinals fan, I am always looking for new sites with Cards news.
      I hope that Pujols stays healthy all season.

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