American League All-Star Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees celebrates with his father Jose and mother Claribel Mercedes after winning the State Farm Home Run Derby at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Cano won the State Farm Home Run Derby with a record 12 home runs in the final round. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY -- I'll be at the Home Run Derby tonight. My seat is in right field, section 251, which, if you look at the Kauffman Stadium seating chart, should give me a decent shot at maybe catching one of the baseballs. Look for me -- I'll be wearing the jersey of a certain retired Cubs pitcher.
Participants in the Derby are:
Even though the "team" competition is mostly meaningless, because there's an individual champion, this is always a fun event. Kauffman Stadium has a reputation as being a somewhat tough home-run park (though this year it's just slightly below average), but of course these men won't be hitting off pitchers trying to get them out; instead, they'll be getting batting-practice servings designed to actually let them hit very long home runs.
Enjoy, and discuss.