Leading up to the Midsummer Classic, FishStripes is counting down our top 10 "hats-off" moments in Marlins All Star Game history. The Fish have 18 All Star Games under their belt, so clearly, with such a wealth of thrilling game moments to choose from, your opinion on the order and relevance of each moment may vary. Feel free to jump in on the comments and post your personal top ten, or simply rip ours to shreds. Or, ya know, just post your Ichthy picks and ignore me completely.
In 2010, at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California, Hanley Ramirez did something that no Marlin had ever accomplished at an All Star Game.
All right, so it wasn't exactly during the game itself. Or even on the same day as the game. But cut us some slack as we attempt to gather 10 entire amazing moments out of a pool of so few.
Hanley participated in the All Star Home Run Derby for the very first time in 2010, and managed to make history for the Marlins. He belted a total of 26 home runs, and became the very first Fish ever to make it to the final round of the HRD. HanRam finished second to fellow Dominican David Ortiz, who hit 11 dingers in the final round, 5 more than Ramirez.
As Craig reported last year, "Hanley did good and during the competition held true to his swing, for the the most part. He was very selective and only went after pitches he thought he could hit out without adjustments. That is a very good thing. In the end he started to wear down, but that is normal. Hanley represented the Marlins very well."
Is it too late to blame Hanley's first-half slump on the Home Run Derby?