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Ding Dong Derby

El Sluggo’s will be mashing balls over the fence tonight in Arizona with Chris Berman calling the action. Hide the children.

Happy All-Star festivities to ya.

[Painting by Liam Brazier]

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1 rbj   ~  Jul 11, 2011 5:58 pm

Robbie's in the Doiby. Reason enough to watch.

2 seamus   ~  Jul 11, 2011 8:34 pm

yeah i never turn in. but i want to root for robbie!

3 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 11, 2011 8:49 pm

Man, Robbie is crushing it. Outlandish shots.

4 seamus   ~  Jul 11, 2011 8:52 pm

did he get tired at the end? or just trying too hard? he's got such an awesome swing.

5 seamus   ~  Jul 11, 2011 9:06 pm

Cano has the four longest home runs so far. bautista's pitcher isn't doing a good job of throwing meatballs.

6 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 11, 2011 9:09 pm

Cano's dad is pitching to him. How cool is that?

7 Mattpat11   ~  Jul 11, 2011 9:47 pm

Nomar might actually be worse than Boomer.

8 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jul 11, 2011 10:00 pm

[7] That cannot be possible. I can't watch anything tha has Chris Berman as the announcer.

ESPN didn't use to be this bad when I was still in the US..at least, I can't remember it being that bad...

9 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jul 11, 2011 10:02 pm

Oh, and Huge middle finger to Arizona for (comment deleted due to violation of Banter guidelines).

And BOO to A. Gonzalez! Go Go CANO!

10 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jul 11, 2011 10:14 pm

Ok, ok...I just happened to tune in and catch the last five minutes of Robbie hitting and I admit it, it's fun to watch homeruns sometimes.

That was impressive. :)

11 seamus   ~  Jul 11, 2011 10:16 pm

Cano was unreal good. i mean my god.

12 William J.   ~  Jul 11, 2011 10:16 pm

No surprise with Cano...I get to see that display every time I get to Yankee Stadium in time for batting practice.

13 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jul 11, 2011 10:23 pm

Good Lord, Berman is annoying.

14 Dimelo   ~  Jul 11, 2011 11:00 pm

[13] I know. Man, out of all the dirty mofos from ESPN that have been caught out there doing dumb shit, how the eff has he survived? He's such a douchebag.

15 Dimelo   ~  Jul 11, 2011 11:03 pm

I love Cano's father's intensity.

16 Dimelo   ~  Jul 11, 2011 11:05 pm

Did Scott Proctor trade arms with Torre?

17 seamus   ~  Jul 11, 2011 11:05 pm

that was a show. awesome.

18 OldYanksFan   ~  Jul 11, 2011 11:08 pm

Robbie Cano, dontcha know!

19 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jul 11, 2011 11:13 pm

I know he doesn't walk and I know he sometimes blanks out in the field but Cano is just a joy to watch. One of my favorite Yankees ever (though still partial to Willie at 2B!)

20 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 11, 2011 11:14 pm

[18] Darn, you beat me to the punch.

What a great show. He's been wanting to do this for years. Now we know why.

21 RagingTartabull   ~  Jul 11, 2011 11:18 pm

God that was enjoyable

22 RIYank   ~  Jul 11, 2011 11:20 pm

I went to a bar in East Providence to hear live jazz and they had the derby on. I believe this is the first time I've watched it. I have to agree with Weeping: I don't really love the whole idea of it, but it turns out it's very satisfying to watch all those orbs sail their parabolic way into the night.

And all the more satisfying, of course, when Rob crushes the Boston competition.

23 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jul 11, 2011 11:33 pm


Robinson looked unbeatable.

[22] How twisted were the Sox fans in East Providence when Cano beat this years favorite?

I only hope that he hasn't depleted the swing bank for the rest of the year.

24 Shaun P.   ~  Jul 11, 2011 11:37 pm

[23] The research is pretty clear - no such that as a Derby Effect. (Derek Carty at Baseball Prospectus had a piece on this, earlier today IIRC.)

The look on his dad's face was priceless - and Torre looked pretyy proud, too! This was an awesome Derby to watch!

25 Just Fair   ~  Jul 11, 2011 11:52 pm

Love me some Cano. Some Yankee, mabye Martin said last week he knew Cano would win. He said something like, "I've seen him in bp, he's unreal."

26 RIYank   ~  Jul 12, 2011 8:06 am

[23] I'd love to say they were fuming, but in fact they were all paying more attention to the music. My son and I were pretty nearly the only ones watching the derby.

Now we need a 3K inning from D-Rob and the A-S break will be a success.

27 RIYank   ~  Jul 12, 2011 8:11 am

Here's Papi giving props to Rob. Very cool.

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