If you can watch the Home Run Derby on mute or have miraculously managed to not tire of Chris Berman's shtick, the majesty of dong after dong being hung in mammoth proportions can be quite entertaining. Sure, the world (and billybeingbilly) is being deprived of Bryce Harper's proficiency in the department of slugging long balls, but there is still power aplenty on display tonight.
Sadly, there are no Royals for the Review readership to cheer on gleefully. This year is also lacking a villain like Robinson Cano, a man around whom the community of Kansas City can rally against after committing such a heinous crime as not selecting a Royal as a participant.
The format has changed this year. Rather than having ten outs to hit as many out as possible, the players will have five minutes to club as many as possible and will square off in a single-elimination, seeded bracket.
Tonight's participants are exceedingly young and seeded thusly:
- Albert Pujols, Anaheim Angels
- Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds
- Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
- Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
- Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
- Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers
- Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
Apparently Walk the Moon are playing that song of theirs tonight.