Here's an excerpt of a phone call I had this afternoon with one of my Brewers fan friends:
Him: You wanna wager on the Home Run Derby? Braun vs. Morneau?
Him: Why not?
Me: I've barely recovered from my Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from last year's Derby when we bet Fielder vs. Morneau.
Him: It wasn't that bad.
Me: Justin kind of sucked and then carried that suck into the entire rest of the season. It WAS that bad.
Him: C'mon....just bet.
Me: No way. Besides, if I did bet, I'd bet on Hamilton anyway.
I watched the Derby, mostly because Justin was in it--for better or worse, and because there weren't any other baseball games on. I had NO expectations of Justin doing anything, really. I was thrilled when he hit the 5 HR mark in the first round. And then Josh Hamilton put on his amazing show, and I thought "wow...this was worth watching after-all." When Justin made it in the finals with Hamilton, I thought "at least Justin made it this far, and there's no shame in losing to a home-run hitting robot."
And then, just as New York fans were starting to forget that Justin, rightfully, edged out Jeter as '06 MVP, he beat out their newly adopted favorite Josh Hamilton in the finals....Thus making him the Most Hated Man in NYC once again. And you gotta love that.
Aside from Justin winning, and Josh Hamilton hitting 28 home runs in a round, my favorite Derby moment was Chase Utley dropping the F-bomb during the introductions as [presumably] Mets fans booed him. "'Boo'?! F*#& You!" And with that, Chase Utley became my new favorite NL player. Dan Uggla saying "shit" during his at-bat was a close second.
I love live TV.