Home Run Derby 2012: Prince Fielder Flings Dingers

Last year, Sandy Guerrero was the Home Run Derby pitcher for both Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks. They combined to hit 12 home runs over three rounds, with Fielder coming up short of the final. This year, Guerrero was the Derby pitcher for Prince Fielder again, and Fielder just slugged a dozen dingers in the final. I'm feeling a second wind now, a renewed interest in this event, because it's almost over, and all that's left is Jose Bautista probably not hitting a dozen dingers as well.

It could've been more daunting, though. Fielder finished with 12 homers and ten outs, but at one point he had eight homers and one out. Which means after that he had four homers and nine outs. Fielder really lost all of his momentum and so he's going to back into his victory. He's not going to charge into his victory, the way he charged into Gerald Laird the other day. When Prince Fielder backs into something, it probably feels like a normal-sized human charging into something.

It just dawned on me that I've watched pretty much this entire thing on mute. I know a lot of people mute the Home Run Derby for obvious reasons but for me it was unintentional. I just can't really concentrate on typing when the TV is making noise, and one thing led to another, and for three hours I haven't listened to Chris Berman nearly as much as I was afraid of. The Home Run Derby must score awesomely with deaf people. The Home Run Derby and Demi Lovato. What is that about?

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