Alex Rodriguez to miss Home Run Derby?

KP WeeSenior Writer IJuly 2, 2008

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will reportedly miss this year's Home Run Derby despite the fact the event will be held at his home ballpark, Yankee Stadium.

Fans certainly want to see him participate in the annual event, but A-Rod has decided to opt out in order to, according to an Associated Press report, "protect his finely tuned swing."

Barry Bonds was scrutinized for wanting to skip the Home Run Derby in 2007 in San Francisco, with many suggesting the home run king was selfish and didn't care about fans.

I wonder what kind of reaction the sometimes hypocritical fans and media members will have regarding A-Rod's intentions to skip the event.