Citi Field in New York is ready for some long-ball action, and you at home can be too. It's Home Run Derby time!
If you turn up the volume really loud on Monday night, you might hear all the amazing Derby sounds. The buzz of anticipation from the crowd. The crack of the bat. The pop of the glove for every ball a hitter lets go by in an effort to find that perfect pitch.
The pop of another pitch he let go by. And another pitch…and another…and for the love of God, man, just swing at the next damn ball before we all fall asleep!
Of course, be careful how loud you turn up those speakers. Chris Berman is back, back, back calling the Home Run Derby for yet another year. ESPN brass should probably stay off the Internet for a few hours.
While he is almost universally maligned at this point in his career, I've always maintained that Berman is actually the perfect host for the All-Star Home Run Derby festivities. The entire concept of the Derby is a made-for-TV contest where the outcome matters to exactly no one. The Derby is a fun and ultimately useless exercise in slugging. Berman is a perfect match.
With that, here's a little handicapping guide to watching the 2013 dinger extravaganza.