Ok so I realize we're just hours away from the HR Derby at Yankee Stadium, but here's an interesting thought. Since there are no Yankees competing with A-Rod declining and Jason Giambi not being selected, why not Derek Jeter?
I believe the Stadium crowd would get a kick out of their favorite son taking part in the last HR Derby in The House That Ruth Built. Who cares if he hasn't hit for power this season despite connecting for his 200th career HR on Saturday in Toronto, I believe it would be something really fun to see, especially since Jeter has never done it before.
Contrary to other sluggers like Rodriguez, I can't see how it would mess up Jeter's swing, especially his power stroke. Heck if anything maybe it'll get his bat jumping with some more pop in the 2nd half?
In any event does it sound any more or less insane than NL HR and RBI leader Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies not even making the NL All-Star team? And MLB wonders why it has such problems maketing the sport to the African American community.
Let Jeet compete!