Monday, July 13, 2009

SKITTLES FOR EVERYBODY!

Congratulations to Prince Fielder for leading the Home Run Derby with (by my count) four cursing fits that necessitated use of the seven-second delay button. That was certainly an impressive showing.

Oh, and apparently he hit a bunch of home runs, too.

(Seriously -- I can understand a time, or maybe two. But how do you forget you're miked up that many times? Plus, you've got a gaggle of six-year-olds sitting fifteen feet away watching you hit.)

((Note to note: Mrs. Q was quick to point out that, were I ever asked to participate in a home run derby -- which, in itself, is a hilarious proposition, if you've ever seen me take batting practice for a softball game -- I would be dropping f-bombs and seawards every time I hit a ground ball. This is unquestionably fucking true. Also: shit cock ass Barbra Streisand.))

11 comments:

Sheets' Va Jay Jay said...

This is really funny for a few reasons:

1. I'm eating Skittles right now.

2. I'm watching Arrested Development. It's even the episode with the seaward.

3. I listened to Princes at bat song today to get pumped. Didn't help me in sofball but I have many comments on it. More about that today... when I wake up.

FPMKE said...

Those were some serious pokes too. That one that went over 500 ft was ridiculous.

I hope his swing isn't totally screwed now.

EMoney said...

His swing is screwed now. His mid-summer classic shenanigans may screw our offensive output for the rest of the yar, but hey, at least he looked cool on national television for 1 night in a meaningless "charity" event.

Over under for second half homeruns set at 15.

Master Reid said...

I think the whole "swing is screwed" take might be a bit premature. Let's wait and see how things go when they start playing real games again. Besides, you can't tell me that wasn't awesome watching him crush balls all over the yard last night.

Rubie Q said...

I guess I don't understand the whole "the Home Run Derby is going to screw up Prince's swing" thinking. We're not talking about a guy who's a line drive hitter (say, Joe Mauer) who was trying to hit bombs. Prince is a home run hitter. This is what he does. I think he's going to be just fine.

And I'd take the over on the second-half homers. He'll get to 40.

EMoney said...

Premature? Sure it may have zero effect on his swing in the second half. However, there's a reason why many players turn down the offer to take part in the derby....which is exactly why we saw the likes of Brandon Inge, Carlos Pena, and Joe Mauer last night. I'm guessing those 3 guys weren't at the top of the committee's list this year.

Rubie Q said...

I think the reason players turn down the Derby is that it's really fucking tiring to take BP with 40,000 people watching for 3 hours.

Master Reid said...

I agree, I think that whole thing is a bit overblown. Prince did what he does: hit bombs. I might be more concerned if he had gone out there and put a bagel on the board like Brandon Inge.

EMoney said...

There are probably multiple reasons for guys turning it down. HOWEVER, there have been instances in the past where guys in the derby have come out and said specifically that participating in the derby temporarily changed their swing which negatively impacted how they hit the ball after the break. That sir, is Fact. Like I said, this isn't the case for everyone and it may not have any impact on Prince's swing. If, however, Prince "slumps" in the 2nd half by striking out more frequently and popping balls up more often, I would probably point to the Derby.....that's all.

Softball's Tony Gwynn said...

sounds like an excuse to me. lots of players (let alone all-stars) have worse second half to their seasons...see corey hart last year. can he blame the home run derby too?

speaking of facts, i'd be willing to be there are derby participants that have had better second halves.

Devil's Threesome said...

Prince's stroke looked fine in the at-bat I saw last night. Textbook Prince this year - takes it to the opposite field for a double when they pitch him away. Thing of beauty.