At long last, the Halfway Point of the MLB Season is here… Which means a few days off of Regular Games for the Players, but for some, it’s off to Kansas City for the 2012 All Star Game, and Home Run Derby.
And The All Star Game is on Tuesday, 7:30pm EST., or 4:30pm PST (On FOX).
The thing I like most about the Home Run Derby, is it’s a chance to see the Players a bit more relaxed, joking around with their fellow MLB’ers, as well as bringing some Family and Friends along for the show.
Unlike the All Star Game, which actually holds some Significance these days, as the winner of this American League Vs. National League Contest, actually gains Home Field Advantage in The World Series… Something I don’t totally agree with, but unlike many in Baseball, I don’t Demand Perfection… No, I like to leave a little “Humanity” in Baseball… And in Sports in general.
No, The Home Run Derby is just for Show, and Glory… And aside from the fact that I feel it’s a bit hard on the Athletes bodies, taking that many full hearted swings in such a short period, none the less, I really enjoy it.
But hitting them over and over again in this competition, is a bit different than hitting them during a regular game.
Last, but not least, we have “Mark Trumbo” from the California Angels… Now this guy may give this thing ago, as he is a True Beast for the Angels… But, once again, it really comes down to how well they can perform in this very different setting.
The National League Players; Now the Captain for the National side is a guy by the name of “Matt Kemp”… Lets just say, he’s the Best Dodger Player I’ve ever seen… Though he’s been out with an Injury for a while now… He supposedly will be Hitting tonight.
And last, but not least, is a guy by the name of “Carlos Gonzalez”, who I haven’t actually heard of, but he looks to be a tough competitor.
All and All, I’ve found the Home Run Derby to be a Blast… Not only does it give you a Glimpse at these guys in a more relaxed setting, but it also gives the Players a well deserved break… And frankly, with as many Yankees Games as I watch, it also gives the Fans a bit of a Break, Lol
After all there’s around 160 Games a year, and that’s a lot, even for these Super Athletes, and Super Fans.
Even if you don’t watch Baseball, you might wanta check The Home Run Derby out, it is pretty amazing how far they can hit some of these Balls.
Thanks for Reading/Listening
Yank’s Record At The Half - 52 Wins 33 Losses .612 - Best in Baseball
Teams Batting Average So Far;
Brett Gardner .321 – Still Out With Injury
Robinson Cano .313 – On Fire
Derek Jeter .308 – Still Doing Good
E. Nunez .294 – Good Hitter, but I believe he was sent down to the Minors to work on his 3rd Base Playing
Chavez .282 – Doing Great as a Back Up Player
Alex Rodriguez .269 – What Alex is lacking in Batting Average, he’s making up for in Power, Stealing, and Defense
Swisher .262 – Seems a bit stressed to me lately, but he’s working his way back
Wise .260 – Great Back Up Player
Stewart .256 – Stewart is just alright as our Back Up Catcher… But Our Starting Catcher is doing terrible, so we’ve been using Stewart a bit more
Teixeira .250 – Teixeira is one of the Best Players on our Team Right now, his numbers are only low because he had a tough start
Granderson .248 – Awesome Hitter, and Defensive Player… He strikes out a lot, but makes up for it when he does hit with Home Runs and Doubles
Andruw Jones .244 – An Awesome Back Up Player, he hit 4 Home Runs this last weekend in Boston
Ibanez .240 – Another Awesome Back Up Player, lots of Power, and Good Defense
Nix .221 – Nix is a Decent Player, but has trouble Playing 3rd Base… He’s better as a Back Up Short Stop
Martin .179 – Russell Martin is doing terrible Offensively… Defensively, he’s one of the Best Catchers in Baseball
McDonald is New, we shall see how he does… So far he hasn’t responded too well to the Pressure, but he may Improve, I do like him