I cannot believe how much fun the we had at the Home Run Derby. The crowd was lovely - and mostly stuffed full of chicken fingers and fries and/or popcorn - the night was lovely, and Josh Hamilton was outstanding.
Truth be told, no one in Yankee Stadium last night thinks Justin Morneau won .
Hamilton needed only 7 hits to make it to the second round and knock out the 6-run stragglers hanging on to 4th place. By his 6th home run, the crowd was cheering. Something about being last at bat gets people going. And something about 22 more home runs - some more than 500-feet, 13 in a row at one point, long beautiful shots deep into center and right field, into the bleachers and the upper deck - creates an excitement the likes of which I have never seen.
The crowd was cheering. laughing, clapping, chanting, standing, yelling, enjoying the spectacle to the max.
Even A-Rod and Manny would have looked up from the conversation that had them intertwined for the first few batters, had they still been on the field (apologies to them if them if they were; Hamilton was much more thrilling than keeping track of the chatty cathys. Though I should mention that Manny's little one was quite cute and Manny was good at watching out for him).
Anyway, Woo Hoo Josh Hamilton! Thanks for the fun. Call me.
MLB/ESPN/Yankees should give you a bonus for extending the length of the night - more commercials and more concessions sold.