Tonight marks one of the more fun and widely publicized All-Star events of any of the major sports—baseball's Home Run Derby. The Slam Dunk competition has become staid (and rigged), most of you don't know there's a hockey skills comp, and really, who cares about anything having to do with the Pro Bowl.
But the Derby is always fun, particularly for Phillies fans, who have seen two recent winners in Bobby Abreu and Ryan Howard. Will Chase Utley join the club tonight? Hard to say. He's got some stiff competition, and more often than not, his homers are catching a pitcher making a mistake more so than just blowing the cover off of a ball. But he's got his swing down pretty tight, so he has as good a shot as anyone. We like the idea Jayson Stark put forward earlier this week: Allow non-All Stars to compete. The best home run hitter in baseball won't be in New York this year, and the Derby will suffer as a result. Doesn't anyone think of the integrity of the Home Run Derby?
We'll be liveblogging the event later tonight, but for now, feel free to chime in with your predictions on who wins, who wears his hat backwards, and who doesn't make it out of the first round.
Festivities get underway at 8 PM, and here is your field:
- Lance Berkman, Astros
- Ryan Braun, Brewers
- Josh Hamilton, Rangers
- Evan Longoria, Rays
- Justin Morneau, Twins
- Grady Sizemore, Indians
- Dan Uggla, Marlins
- Chase Utley, Phillies
What a week it's been for Chris Christie.
After watching his top-seeded Cowboys be picked apart by Aaron Rodgers in the divisional round, and being passed over for a position in Donald Trump's administration, the New Jersey governer called Eagles fans "generally angry, awful people."
He can now add being torched by Former Pennsylvania governer Ed Rendell and Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney to that list.
"You understand how his approval rating is probably the lowest of any governer in the country," Rendell said.
(Three fire emojis).
"In retrospect, the governer's had a pretty rough couple years," Kenney said. "His presidential campaign crashed and burned, his bromance with the President-Elect didn't seem to go anywhere. I understand why he may be a little bitter or angry."
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Ugh. Joel Embiid may not be perfect.
He may be buddies with Johnny Manziel, at least according to the former NFL hopeful turned party boy.
It all started when Manziel took to Twitter today to talk about doing a free autograph signing for the people of Texas.
The Twitter rant also included this strange line: "No lie.. I was a [bad word] in 2016 I'm just trying to be a good PERSON again#LostInTheSauce."
Hey, owning it is the first step to recovery, right?
Also, he knows how to get Twitter's attention:
After doing one Google search, there were reports of the pair hanging over the summer in LA. From Busted Coverage:
[Manziel] was tearing up the Warick LA lounge with his Los Angeles friends at a party that included Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich, Kendra Wilkinson and Joel Embiid among others.
More to this as we learn it...