It comes to me as no surprise that Yoenis Cespedes won the Home Run Derby. He hit 17 in round one and six in the second. I’m still puzzled as to why Cespedes didn’t make the all star game.
“Before I came,” Cespedes said, “they asked me if I was going to be nervous because I would be participating in front of possibly 50,000 people. When I was in Cuba, I participated in five Home Run Derbies; it wasn’t 50,000 people, but it was 30,000 or 32,000 people and I wasn’t nervous.”
If you remember way back a few weeks ago, when the Athletics were playing the Cubs, Yoenis threw Starlin Castro out at home. Remember?
Which brings me to another point; Should they do away with fan vote ins for the All Star Game and just send players to the game on statistics alone? C’mon, I’m not afraid to admit I voted for our beloved Chicago Cubs.
I think it’s only fair to do it that way. I know I’d like to see the best of the best at the All Star Game showcasing their talents. It just seems to me that the All Star Game becomes too much of a popularity contest and less of a talent contest. When I was a kid I never thought these guys were vote ins I just really believed they were the real deal.
But in a game filled with PED’s, does it really matter anymore?