The Home Run Derby and the Dunk Contest are two All-Star game events that seem to keep going through revisions to try to drum up interest. Frankly, I find it annoying. You know what would get people to watch these event? Pick the right people! I find it despicable that LeBron James has never done the dunk contest. Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan have beyond classic performances in the contest. If you put exciting people in it, rather than people I have to look up on Google, then people will watch. The same goes for the Home Run Derby. Recently a “captain” system was set up with Robinson Cano representing the AL and Matt Kemp representing the NL. It’s a system where guys pick their friends and don’t involve the fans at all. Here is what this year’s rosters look like:
Fielder, Stanton, and Bautista are definitely guys I want to see. But Trumbo? Beltran? CarGo? Come on! And then there is the tidbit that Kemp was going to select Andre Ethier before he got injured. Seriously Andre Ethier? That will have people flocking to see the derby. Two names left off should be in Kansas City competing and that’s Bryce Harper and Adam Dunn. Fans would love to see the rookie go at it, but what about the Big Donkey!?!? Adam Dunn is the definition of a power hitter and there’s not a fan out there that wouldn’t like to see him let loose and just hit the ball as far as he possibly can. I get Beltran and Gonzalez have great power numbers this year, but I still would rather see the big boys go at it.
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