July 9, 2007

Homerun Derby

Well, Justin Morneau tied for fourth in the first round, but wasn't able to win the swing-off. It probably didn't help that Justin had to lead the whole thing off, but he did a pretty good job. He hit four homeruns in the first round, and I didn't think it was very good, but San Francisco is a tough park, and the rest hit about the same as him.

Justin Morneau: Four
Matt Holliday: Five
Magglio Ordonez: Two
Albert Pujols: Four
Alex Rios: Five
Prince Fielder: Three
Vladimir Guerrero: Five
Ryan Howard: Three

Justin then advanced to a five swing swing-off, and he hit one monster bomb, but was beat by Pujols who hit two homeruns.

Unfortunately, Justin didn't advance to the second round, and won't be the winner this year, but I can tell you that it was a lot of fun to see a Twin in the derby. Having Justin in the derby also made it much more fun and exciting to watch.

Anyways, even though Justin didn't make it into the second round, it was still a lot of fun to watch as Rios and Vlad put on a show. In the end, Vlad came out with it hitting three homeruns in the final round to take the victory.

I just want to add, it was great to see Rios go so far after some people were saying that it was a shame to have someone like that in the derby and what not. Anyways, he has played well this season, and showed he belonged leading all contestants in homeruns for the second round.

Twins Mascot Wins:
Well, Justin Morneau was unable to capture the Homerun Crown, but another member of the Twins organization was able to win a derby. The Minnesota Twins mascot T.C. Bear won this year's Mascot Homerun Derby.

The event started earlier in the week with eight total mascots, and T.C. was able to make it to the finals where he matched up against Midwest rival Bernie Brewer of the Milwaukee Brewer.

In the finals T.C. was able to take the crown knocking out a total of nine homeruns.