Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby, while still a fairly popular cornerstone of the All-Star break, has received its fair share of criticism over the past few years:
1. The contest is too darn long.
2. Not enough big-name stars show up.
3. A home run is a home run. When will we see something new?
There isn't much of a defense against the first argument. The Derby always drags on a bit, lasting about as long as your average baseball game—which some people already consider an unbearable duration.
But as far as marquee names and unprecedented sights, well, this year's competition had it all.
This year's Home Run Derby may have been the best in recent memory (Josh Hamilton's historic 2008 aside). It had a mixture of veteran talent and exciting young stars. It also had innovation, both logistical and technological. It had...
Well, he obviously enjoyed himself, along with millions of fans fortunate enough to watch last night's event.
Here's what stood out most from the 2011 Home Run Derby.