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  • July 14th, 2009

    Home Run Derby 2009:
    And the Winner is: Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:23 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    So, all the brouhaha of the Derby being “everyone against Albert Pujols”–he even was the odds on favorite to win, was drastically different from the outcome–he BARELY made it out of the 1st round, tying Carlos Pena and Joe Mauer with 5 home runs, but then won the 3-way hit-off to advance to the 2nd round, but then went no further. And the only AL guy to get past the 1st round was Ranger’s Right Fielder Nelson Cruz, who faced Fielder in the finals, placing 2nd on the contest. But ultimately, Prince Fielder, with 6 home runs in the final round (23 over all) won the 2009 Home Run Derby…and for those of you who saw Josh Hamilton’s performance at The Stadium last year, the whole thing was pretty lackluster….

    The best part about this whole All-Star thing for me this year? It’s watching Tim Wakefield–the man is SO thrilled to be there…its fun to see…From Wake: “…The older you get, the more you really appreciate your opportunity. I’m very thankful that I’m here. I’m very thankful to still be putting on the uniform at 42 years old…I’ve usually been the one that’s getting asked the questions. It’s actually kind of cool to ask Josh and Pap and all the guys what to expect here.” And his advice to catchers Joe Mauer and Victor Martinez about catching the knuckleball? “I don’t know. Give George [Kottaras] a quick call.”

    How about these apples? The City of St, Louis has what is called a “jock tax”, billed to visiting athlete, consisting of 1% of their daily income–even if they end up not going (like Dustin Pedroia) or sit on the bench for the entire game…AND the State of Missouri also gets their cut, at 6% on top of that. And it not only applies to the players–everyone associated, managers, coaches, support staff, etc, get banged with this tax…And what I also did not know is that Massachusetts is also another state that has this tax–although their state tax is less than Missouri’s, and city of Boston does not tax. As a matter of fact 14 of the 17 states who actually have a baseball team impose some sort of “baseball player tax”…

    Here are the starting 9′s for tonight’s All Star Game:

    Starting 9

    Coming up: Roy Halladay takes the mound for the American League, opposed by Tim Lincecum for the National League, in the 80th All-Star Game, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Neither of these choice are really a surprise to anyone–I knew there was no way Tim Wakefield would get the nod…but I can hope can’t I? The festivities begin at 8:00pm, but look for 1st pitch closer to 9:00pm…and look for The President himself, Barack Obama, to throw out the 1st pitch–How they will coordinate THAT with the Secret Service will be interesting…

    And for those of you who are playing at home, the American League is 10-0-1 since losing to the NL in 1996…Although the overall historical record has the NL leading 40-37-2…

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