The final swing and the big bat flip.
Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland A’s wins the home run derby with a show. He blasted 32 bombs en route to the title (and give the A’s fans discounted tickets). He’s the first player not on the All-Star team to win it. A relative unknown to most of America, he had a chance to display his skills and it was great to see the A’s get represented well.
This is his second season in the big leagues after defecting from Cuba in hopes of a better life here a little less than two years ago. He’s been learning English since he has arrived but hasn’t learned enough to be comfortable doing interviews. Despite all of that, he has assimilated himself real well and has embraced his new life in America.
However, that doesn’t stop the racist Americans from tweeting out their displeasure that Cespedes doesn’t know English. Twitter once again brings out the hate and racism from our country. And in case you didn’t know, English is not the official language of the United States. There is none.
Mike Gallego will throw to Yoenis Cespedes at the home run derby.
Remember Bobby Abreu? He dominated the Home Run Derby and disappeared forever afterward.
Well, not really, but it drained him real bad. That’s my fear with Yoenis Cespedes at the home run derby this year. I know he’s going to put on a show. I’ve seen his batting practices. It’s amazing.
But with a guy who’s battled injuries since joining the A’s, the last thing he needs is strenuous activity during some time to rest. I don’t want him to come back for the second half exhausted. That’s my only fear.
But then again, I could be wrong and he puts on a show, the AL dominates with ease, and he finds his groove. I’m probably over-thinking it. We’ll see how it goes.
This is how you celebrate a walk-off win!
I couldn’t have asked for anything better on my birthday yesterday. I normally don’t celebrate birthdays. I usually just go to an A’s game. But since I live in Los Angeles now, I can’t do that. But with the A’s wearing those gorgeous Oakland Oaks throwbacks (which I want), I couldn’t be happier after that walk-off win.
The A’s are at .500 and are only 2.5 games out of the last Wild Card spot. I’m so excited!
But now that we’re at the All-Star Break, I am looking forward to tonight’s Home Run Derby. This is one thing that I feel that can get really boring and annoying (with Chris Berman’s “back-back-back-back”) but no matter what anyone says, home runs are always fun to watch.
So with that, here are my predictions for the derby.