I just want to say one thing about tonight’s home run derby to start things off. Hamilton hit 35 and Morneau hit 22. Morneau won.
I understand that in sporting events that the total scores don’t always tell the tale. There are countless teams throughout sports history who outscored their opponents by wide margins and weren’t the ultimate champions at the end of the year. That is understandable though because we’re talking about team efforts.
What the HOME RUN DERBY boils down to is a contest to see who can hit the most home runs. Should it matter when a guy hits those home runs? One part of this writer enjoys the current format because a guy can sneak up in the finals and win, but after tonight’s performance it seems ridiculous.
Not one person in Yankee Stadium tonight goes home thinking Justin Morneau won that contest. No matter the outcome, people won’t remember Morneau unless it is for stealing this one. People will; however, remember Josh Hamilton. They will remember his story, it is a worthy one, and they will remember how he absolutely captivated America tonight with his 28 first round homers. Not to mention going over 500 feet three times.
MLB has a lot of practices and policies but after tonight most of the fans should agree that the first to be adressed next year should be the home run derby. Do I know how to fix it? No, that’s way below my pay grade. But when a man hits half again his next closest opponents total and doesn’t win then that’s highway robbery.
Congratulations to Josh Hamilton as this year’s APIAS.net home run champion. You have a good story son, a good outlook on life, a good belief system and faith now, and an even better swing. Good luck to you on the rest of your journey and may you wow us as half as much in the All-Star game as you did in the Derby tonight.