Hometown favorite Albert Pujols managed to get into the second round by the skin of his teeth winning a "swing-off" against Carlos Pena and Joe Mauer.
As usual, the social commentary from Chris Berman and Joe Morgan made me want to toss my television out the window. The "back, back, back, back" catchphrase never gets old Chris, I hope you have the opportunity to milk that thing for at least another 10 years.
And what was with ESPN's Ball Tracker? It looked like something between a Comet Ball and a flying neon sperm. It was probably one of the most useless features that's been introduced to a baseball broadcast in the last 15 years.
The Ball Tracker was about as useful as the FoxTrax Glow Puck. If you can't see where the ball or the puck is going then you shouldn't even be watching the game.
All in all, it wasn't as flashy as last year's Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium but it was still fun to watch. Now if they could only cut down the running time to about 90 minutes then it would be perfect.