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Live blogging the Home Run Derby

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 14, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post


8:14 p.m.: Reggie Jackson just threw out the first pitch of the Home Run Derby to Derek Jeter. Who knew the Home Run Derby had a first pitch? Now Derek is being interviewed by Erin Andrews. As always, Derek is the smartest guy in the place.

8:18 p.m.: Michael Kay is interviewing Reggie Jackson. Mr. October is taking his usual modest, quiet approach to an interview.

This event has been going on for 10 minutes and there has already been a lot of down time in person. But the first hitter is coming up soon.

8:21 p.m.: Dan Uggla is up first. The order: Uggla, Sizemore, Longoria, Utley, Berkman, Morneau, Braun and Hamilton.

Michael Kay is doing the in-stadium announcing. Hearing him say, “See Ya!” 100 times should be quite a treat.

8:24 p.m.: If this were wrestling, Jason Giambi would rush in and break a chair over somebody’s head, grab a bat and start hitting home runs. That would be great.

8:26 p.m.: I just counted, there are 1,345 State Farm signs in the stadium. I think maybe they’re sponsoring this event.

And Uggla hits six home runs. Is that good? It doesn’t seem good. Some SABR person needs to come up with a Home Run Derby metric so we can predict winners. HRORP or something.

8:30 p.m.: Grady Sizemore has a sweet swing. He’s hitting rockets to right field.

8:35 p.m.: Wouldn’t it more interesting if they had bums like Kei Igawa and Julian Tavarez pitch and actually try to get people out? There would be even more home runs.

Grady also got six. I’m still not sure whether that is good. I’m going to say no.

8:36 p.m.: They just introduced A-Rod to the crowd as being the top overall vote-getter. The crowd gave him a nice ovation. The fans who voted for him will receive a copy of Desperately Seeking Susan.

8:38 p.m.: A-Rod received two trophies. One for being the top vote-getter in the AL and one for being the top overall vote-getter. Is vote-getter gramatically correct? I have no idea. Does that make Jeter the game’s top babe-getter? Does Cynthia Rodriguez get one of those trophies now? These are questions we need answered.

8:41 p.m.: Evan Longoria swinging now.

8:42 p.m.: People are chanting “We Want Jason.” Hilarious.

8:45 p.m.: Longoria hit three home runs. Three. Eva Longoria could have done better.

(I had no choice with that one, sorry).

Meanwhile he is getting booed. Welcome to New York.

8:46 p.m.: Don’t feel too badly for Longoria. I saw what I assume was his girlfriend at the Hyatt today. She looked like a young Jennifer Love Hewitt, only much hotter. Seriously, much hotter.

8:47 p.m.: Chase Utley is up now and is dreadful.

8:51 p.m.: Utley rallied and ended up with five. See ya!

8:57 p.m.: Lance Berkman next.

9:02 p.m.: The Big Puma hit eight dingers to take the lead. He was scattering fans in the upper deck in right field. Talked to him during the press conference. He looks like Yogi Bear.

9:06 p.m.: Michael Kay is interviewing Mariano Rivera now. The crowd is chanting “Mariano.” Papelbon must be furious.

9:13 p.m.: Justin Morneau hit eight to tie Berkman. Meanwhile MasterCard has a “Hit it Here” sign in left field above the bleachers. Somebody could win $1 million. The only problem is that you couldn’t hit that sign with a howitzer.

Ryan Braun is up next.

9:20 p.m.: Ryan Braun is the man. After a slow start he drilled seven. So he will advance. I spoke to him today for the story I was working on. He’s a very nice kid.

John Sterling should be announcing this so he would have to come up with a wacky call for every player. That would be awesome.

Josh Hamilton is next. Bet he goes double digits. He’s huge.

9:28 p.m.: Hamilton just hit the first ball ever out of Yankee Stadium. It flew over the Bank of America sign in right field. The other players made the “we’re not worthy” gesture. (10:23 p.m.: Hmm, wrong, seems he hit the top of the BoA sign. But pretty close.)

I don’t care who wins. He wins. That was sick.

9:30 p.m.: Seriously, just call it off. He’s going to knock a subway car off the tracks.

9:34 p.m.: This is pretty cool watching this in person. The guy is like Paul Bunyan. The fans are loving it.

9:35 p.m.: You can see why Hamilton was the first pick. He doesn’t swing that hard and the ball flies off his bat.

9:40 p.m.: What a great story this is. The guy was a crack addict and out of baseball, one of the great examples of wasted talent in sports history. But he got himself back together, back in shape and now he’s here doing this – with a 71-year-old guy from his hometown pitching to him.

They might as well call this off. He has 23 (and counting) and the next guy has eight.

9:49 p.m.: Hamilton hit 28 in the first round. Amazing. The crowd was chanting his name. My brother in law Dave, who is here, just texted me, “I can’t believe this.”

That about covers it.

I need to get cracking on a little newspaper work. But I’ll be back later to update the live blog.

10:24 p.m.: OK, back for more live blogging. We’re through the second round. It’ll be Hamilton vs. Morneau in the finals.

Hamilton has a slim 32-17 lead.

10:33 p.m.: This “Call Your Shot” thing is pretty lame. It has sucked the life out of the place.

10:38 p.m.: Morneau is tired. I’m tired and I’m just watching this.

10:48 p.m.: We’re now in the finals. Morneau hit 5. Hamilton has 3 with four outs left. They’re playing Rocky music.

10:51 p.m.: In a stunning upset, Justin Morneau has won the Derby despite hitting half as many homers as Josh Hamilton did. The Texas slugger wore himself out before the finals.

10:52 p.m.: Well, that’s that. A fairly exciting night in the Stadium. The crowd enjoyed itself.

Thanks for reading the live blog. Check back tomorrow for more All-Star Game coverage and read The Journal News and tomorrow for everything you need to know about the game.

10:55 p.m.: OK, one more. Ryan Craig, the sports editor of in North Carolina sent me the link to a piece they did on Clay Council, Hamilton’s pitcher.

They’re giving Morneau the trophy now. Then Erin Andrews returns to the New York Depository of Insanely Hot Women for the night.

Meanwhile the guy from MLB just called Morneau “Jason.”

10:59 p.m.: OK, that really is it this time. Have a good night everybody.

If you’re in the big city tomorrow, go to the red carpet parade on 6th Ave at 1 p.m. It’ll be all the players and Hall of Famers.




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