2010 Home Run Derby: Derby Has Permanently Lost My Interest

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IJuly 12, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 13:  American League All-Star David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox looks on during the 81st MLB All-Star Game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 13, 2010 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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With the All-Star Game a night away, they supposed best-of-the-best compete for the home run derby championship. I will be completely tuned in tomorrow night, but on this rainy Monday night in Richmond, I didn't have any interest in the competition.

I remember as a child looking so forward to the MLB Home Run Derby every July. Now you couldn't pay me to watch it. David Ortiz won it tonight, but the only reason I know that is my ten-year-old brother who likes Papi and the BoSox told me.

I didn't watch a second of it. We even picked four derby contestants each, to see who wins between the two of us. We do this every year. So we alternate picking and my four were eliminated in the first round (Thanks Vernon Wells for only 2!)

Well enough said, I didn't even need to watch it even if Family Guy, WWE Raw, or any other amusing show was not on the air. I was taken care of by my Verizon HD Cable tonight!

What happened to this competition. I remember watching Bonds, A-Rod, McGwire , Sosa....guys like that all battling it out for the derby crown. It used to be eight guys that everyone knew, now it's eight who the MLB can get to play.

Now, guys like Corey Hart (Milwaukee), Hanley Ramirez (Florida), and Chris Young (Arizona) get the nod to participate.

Young has 15 home runs and Ramirez has only 13....are you serious??? 13 bombs and you're invited to a show that has arguably the eight-best long-ball hitters in the league?

No thank you....

Where was Adam Dunn? Dude is on a tear and they could have easily slid him in when looking for the final two. Guy only has like 5 homers this past week. He might still be hitting in this thing if they chose the eight at the top. Oh, and he didn't even make the list of N.L. All Stars that will likely keep the A.L.'s streak alive.

Until they have the absolute elite hitters in this thing, I have no interest...maybe the league should ask what the fans want? Not what they want!