With the State Farm Home Run Derby set
for later tonight at Chase Field in Phoenix, American League captain
David Ortiz looks to carry his squad to victory in what has become a
brand-new derby format.Each
league will have one captain -- last year's champion, Ortiz, for the AL
and Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder, the 2009 Home Run Derby
champion for the NL.
With a payroll of more than $160 million and a lineup hailed last winter as
one of the best ever, you'd think that the 2011 Boston Red Sox could
have field half an All-Star roster. Instead, the injury-plagued team is
sending just four players to the Midsummer Classic next week in Arizona.It's
no secret that the Red Sox have had some great and not-so-great
moments, from starting 2-6 in early April to going 8-1 on their best
roadtrip since 1977 in early June.
Originally posted on soxmobster.tumblr.com. Chris Faraone's book, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Sox", will arrive at Fenway and on bookstore shelves everywhere in 2012.