During the Cardinals-Pirates game Friday night, Jedd Gyorko hit a home run to center that put the Cards up 2-0 in the first inning. Andrew McCutchen made an attempt at the wall to prevent the homer but it was far out of his reach, so he could only look on as a fan caught the ball. Which is usually a nice ending, seeing a fan catch a ball and smiling or realizing they have a cool keepsake.
Despite ranking third in the National League in home runs, Thames won’t be participating in the Home Run Derby during next week’s All-Star festivities in Miami. While he wasn’t named to the All-Star team, that doesn’t preclude a player from participating in the derby — this year, Marlins first baseman Justin Bour was announced as one of the participants even though he isn’t on the main All-Star roster (although he is a Final Vote candidate).
Considering Thames was one of baseball’s biggest stories in April and he’s stayed one of the league leaders in home runs despite a slump in May and June, it seems odd that he’s not being given the chance to flash his power in front of a national audience. You would think Major League Baseball would want the chance to give a newer star a chance to shine on that stage, especially one with a massive following in the growing Asian market of South Korea.
Of course, it was always possible Thames was asked and turned down the opportunity. Maybe MLB Authentic Jerseys he wanted to rest the legs that have been bothering him for a good part of the season.
A likely explanation for Hernandez’ appointment is a continuation NBA Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping of Major League Baseball’s pattern of assigning All-Star Games to umpires with ties to the host city.