Each summer baseball has an opportunity to captivate a nation. More times than not it fails. Last night, it did both.
For almost 15 minutes, every person in America who cared about sports changed the channel to ESPN to see Joc Pederson and Vlad Guerrero Jr. duel. Facing off in the semifinals of Derby’s bracket format, the two could not stop hitting bombs. After Vlad Jr. hit a record 29 home runs in the first round, he replicated that performance in the second round. Pederson did not back down, tying Vlad in the final seconds.
The two entered a one-minute tiebreaker that needed a tiebreaker. Back and forth they went into a swing-off, the first in this format’s history. With only three swings, Vlad hit just one home run. Pederson hit one, but could not find a second. Vlad made strides with two bombs in the second swing-off, one too many for Pederson, ultimately advancing by a 40-39 margin.
Guerrero did not slow down after hitting 69 homers in just two rounds. He hit 22 more home runs in the final round to finish with a record 91…but the rookie who will make $555,000 this year did not take home the $1 million prize. Instead, another rookie who had more gas left in the tank, Pete Alonso, took home the top prize after a 23 in the final round gave him a total of 57 home runs.
Something great happened for baseball. A rising star hit a record 91 home runs, but the stupid rules got in the way. Baseball is dumb. Next year, I’m tuning into the Bunting Derby instead.
Yeah the Home Run Derby is cool, but nothing is more electric than the Korean bunting contest. pic.twitter.com/h5Acu4o34O
— Jacob Resnick (@Jacob_Resnick) July 9, 2019
BBNBA Summer League Schedule
If you turn on the TV to watch an NBA Summer League game at any time today, you’ll find at least one Wildcat in action. That’s right, there’s a former Cat in every single Summer League game today. Crazy.
- 3:30: Thunder (Hamidou Diallo) vs. Croatia on NBATV
- 4:00: Magic vs. Heat (Tyler Herro) on ESPN2
- 5:30: Hawks (Reid Travis) vs. Pacers on NBATV
- 6:00: Trail Blazers (Skal Labissiere) vs. Jazz on ESPN2
- 7:30: Grizzlies vs. Suns (Derek Willis) on NBATV
- 8:00: Nuggets (Jarred Vanderbilt) vs. Celtics (Aaron Harrison) on ESPN2
- 9:30: Knicks (Kevin Knox) vs. Raptors on NBATV
- 10:00: Rockets vs. Kings (Wenyen Gabriel) on ESPN2
- 11:30: Clippers (Isaac Humphries) vs. Wizards on NBATV
Poor Mychal Mulder
The former Cat got dunked on so hard, I can’t bear to look at it again. If you have the stomach to witness the brutality, you can find it here.
John Wall is Working Out
The former Wildcat is taking his Achilles rehab seriously.
TopGolf Construction is Underway
After fighting Hurstbourne curmudgeons in court, Oxmoor Mall in Louisville is finally moving forward with plans to construct a TopGolf. Weeks after a circuit court judge ruled in favor of the entertainment complex, fences were placed around the structure to prepare for demolition. WDRB reports there is not yet a timetable on when we could start taking hacks at Louisville’s new TopGolf.
Amy McGrath is running against Mitch McConnell
The former fighter pilot officially tossed her name into the 2020 race for U.S. Senate this morning. Only minutes after McGrath launched her first ad, McConnell had one ready to roll. If you’re not a fan of political ads, don’t worry, the election is only 17 months away.
KSR is in Logan County
Get on over to Roy’s BBQ in Russellville to see Tuesday’s edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. If you miss your chance, here’s where else you’ll find the crew on the KSR Summer Tour.