We're going to do something a little different today. Since there are no games, we'll play ichthyomancy with home run derby.
The format of the derby this year is a little different than in past years. In standing with tradition, eight players will compete for the individual championship. There will be three rounds. With four players (with the highest totals) advancing from the first round to the second, and two players advancing from the second round to the finals. In each round, the current rounds total (only) counts towards advancing the player to the next round. Their cumulative total does not count.
However, this year's All-Star Home Run Derby focuses on different nations (in anticipation of next Spring's World Cup), as opposed to pitting the American versus the National League. In past years, four contestants from each league battled for league supremacy in the first round of the tournament. That is gone this year (as there are 5 National Leaguers and 3 American Leaguers). The three round format remains, however. The hitters with the highest home run totals will advance to the semi-finals and the finals.
Another new twist this year is that golden baseballs will be used once each batter has 9 outs (each batter gets 10 outs per round). The golden ball - if hit for a home run - will generate $21,000 for charity. Why $21,000? Well, I'm assuming it has something to do with Century 21 which sponsors the event and will give a house away to someone tonight (depending on who wins).
If you are really excited about the prospects of a golden baseball, you can buy your own. They're only $49.95 each.
Ichthyomancy points will be awarded in these categories: champion, most homers in a single round, most homers in the derby, and for any accurate (and specific) above and beyond picks (i.e. David Ortiz goes homerless in the first round and is eliminated or Carlos Lee outhomers Andruw Jones 5-3 in the final, with Carlos hitting two "golden" homers in the final round to clinch the title).
|Hee Seop Choi||Dodgers||NL||Korea|
|David Ortiz||Red Sox||AL||Dominican Republic|
|Ivan Rodriguez||Tigers||AL||Puerto Rico|
|Mark Teixeira||Rangers||AL||United States|
Champion: Mark Teixiera
Most homers in one round: Andruw Jones
Most homers (cumulative): Mark Teixiera
Make your picks and discuss...
NOTE: Yes, I know that I'm having way too much fun with the home run derby. Whatever. We'll play ichthyomancy with the game itself tomorrow, although that will be more like a regular game - just with fewer Marlins.
|Wiggins||Ortiz||Bay||Ortiz||Bay, Choi, Papi and Tex to Rd. 2|
|Fishfan24||Abreu||Ortiz||Teixiera||Pudge does nothing|
|Jsprt05||Abreu||Jones||Teixeira||Abreu beats Texeira 9-6 with Abreu hitting 3 Golden Homers|
I doubt we'll have a fancy table every night, but I figured this would make things easier tonight.