Dear Major League Baseball,
I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am. Once again you mess up and you mess up big.
I like the fact that you tweaked the Home Run Derby. I like the fact that you had two captains pick the squads. Cool idea. I would have made a show out of it. Maybe you did and didn’t promote it. Wouldn’t be the first time you failed to promote something.
Which gets me to my point. How can you have a home run derby in Phoenix, Arizona and not have Justin Upton involved?
God forbid you give the fans a hometown hero to cheer for in the event. I mean, does crowd noise sound bad on television? Do you not want the hometown fans getting behind their guy?
I know you haven’t always had a hometown guy in the event, but more often than not you have.
Was it bad when Lance Berkman advanced to the finals in 2004 in Houston? Was it bad When the Tigers’ Ivan Rodriguez finished second the next year in Detroit?
Did Cardinal fans complain that Albert Pujols messed up his swing when he competed in Busch Stadium in 2009? (more…)