Who Will Have Their Swing and Second-Half of the Season Ruined by the Home Run Derby Tonight? My Predictions

I know the headline can be a little misleading on my feelings for the Home Run Derby. I absolutely love watching the game’s best power hitters whoever is willing to participate in the Midsummer Classic’s Three Hours of Power. I know a lot of studies have been completed that prove the Home Run Derby doesn’t ruin a player’s second-half, but I go by the eye test and what my dumb brain remembers, and it seems like just yesterday that Bobby Abreu broke the Home Run Derby record by hitting 24 home runs, then only hitting 6 home runs in the second half of the season. After besting Bobby Abreu in 2008, Josh Hamilton never competed in a derby again, citing his long-term health as a player taking precedence over some extra hardware he could’ve accumulated derby after derby. As a guy who always made his health a priority, you can understand where Hamilton was coming from.  Continue reading

Rhys Hoskins’ Helmet is Out of Control

I’ll be honest- I don’t watch a lot of Phillies games. Hand in the air, I’m man enough to admit that. I’ll never get over what they did to my 2010 Reds. Whether it’s the Roy Halladay (RIP) no-hitter or the Jay Bruce error fiasco triggered by the white rally towels, there’s a lot about that 2010 National League Divisional Series I don’t want to relive. Even today, as I ordered a cheese steak from Jersey Mike’s, I called it a “Number-17” instead of uttering the name of the city that made the cheese steak famous. It’s a delicious sandwich and I’m fatter than I am proud. I’ll never stop eating cheese steaks, that’s a promise, but that doesn’t mean I have to pay homage to their city every time I want to eat one. But we’re not here for cheese steak slander. Check out next weeks’ soccer blog for that.  Continue reading