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Musings10 Jul 2006

I watched the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby tonight. The derby operates on the premiss that “fans like to see home runs” and therefore “more home runs are better”.

Eight sluggers from the various teams take turns swinging at batting-practice pitches and try to hit as many home runs as they can. After hitting 10 that fail to go out, it’s on to the next guy. Each round the field is halved and eventually 2 players go head-to-head for the final.

This year had the added bonus of being at a ballpark where a well-hit ball down the right field line gets out of the stadium and lands in a river. Tonight there were a bunch of people in kayaks paddling around trying to catch the balls.

There were 87 home runs hit tonight. That’s more than any one player has ever hit in an entire season. The winner, Ryan Howard of the Phillies, hit 23. The Bluejay’s Troy Glaus managed to hit… one. Which is actually one more than he hit last time.

The only problem is that the derby drags on for too long (three hours!) and starts to get a bit repetitive “oh look *another* ball nearly sinking a kayak”. Yes, home runs are exciting, and yes, we like to see them, but the reason they are exciting is that they are a rare.

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