Home Run Derby

Stephen Drew was not the only person making history last night. The Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals combined for 8 home runs which set a record for the most home runs during a game at Chase Field. It was like watching the launch party of the local model rocket club. Balls were flying every directions landing well beyond the outfield walls. The four home runs hit by the St. Louis Cardinals travelled a combined 1,598 feet or nearly a third of a mile. Fortunately for the Diamondbacks their four home runs were equally long and were part of an 8-run barrage that would lead them to a come from behind victory.

Tonight’s game was a similar slug fest. The Cardinals again relied on the long ball and they delivered in a big way. Third baseman Troy Glaus hit his 22nd home run of the season while catcher Yadier Molina hit his seventh. The very next batter Felipe Lopez hit a homer to let the Cardinals go back-to-back. Watching these past two games was like having a ticket to the Home Run Derby during the All-Star game.

I began to wonder if perhaps the Arizona Diamondbacks were auditioning for Major League Baseball in their quest to host an All-Star game. First we had the Futures Game where youngsters such as Stephen Drew showed why they are quickly becoming stars in this league. Following the Futures game was the Home Run Derby where the two teams combined for 12 home runs which were more than the Home Run Derby winning even got in the final round. About all that is left now is for the actual All-Star game to be played tomorrow which will have play-off implications. This has been an interesting casting call, hopefully Major League Baseball was watching. It doesn’t get much better than this.

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