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.