That Home Run Derby last night was a blast – gotta admit, it was much better than I was expecting.
Big credit to all of the participants for making it entertaining, and congratulations to Pawtucket’s Bryce Brentz for winning the belt. Dan Vogelbach gave him a great run, and hit some long ones (over the scoreboard in right-center!), but took second place.
(My favorite homer of the Derby was Richie Shaffer‘s shot which hit the ‘R’ atop the R-Yard in left field. First time I’ve seen that.)
Today the All-Stars from both leagues take batting practice and have an autograph signing – and it is open to the public and totally free. Free parking, free entry, just come on in and watch the workouts.
The PCL hits first at 3:15, and the International League follows about 4:00-ish. Everything winds down around 5:00. There is a private party elsewhere in Tacoma for the All-Stars tonight, and then tomorrow is game day.
Home Run Derby coverage:
- The main story from The News Tribune focuses on the event and the city. There are some pictures of fans scrambling for balls beyond the right field fence – it looked like Waveland Avenue out there!
- Christian Caple has a story on the Derby itself, with reaction from the contestants.
- Here’s a larger photo gallery from the event.
- Todd Milles has a Triple-A All-Star Game Notebook.
- Here’s the report from MiLB.com, which had a writer present. It includes some fun Derby notes at the end.
- This isn’t Derby related, but Ryan Divish’s story on the evolution of ex-Rainiers first baseman Justin Smoak is excellent.
That’s it for today – it’s time for me to start gathering information on these all-stars for tomorrow’s broadcast.