Home Run Derby & All-Star Game
July 8th & 9th
The home run derby was 1 of the best in a while. There was drama, comebacks, upsets, tension, and more! 8 players competed with playoff style. Each batter got 4 minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. If a player hits a home run longer than 440 ft, then they get an additional 30 seconds to hit more. The home runs between rounds don’t accrue, so they start fresh. I apparently made it on national TV with just my sign, and then I also got on the big jumbo-tron! I stood in the section to the left of the Left Field foul pole watching all the home runs being crushed into the Left Field stands. Alonso, Acuña Jr. and Guerrero Jr. Definitely hit the most home runs into the Left Field seats. It was a feeding frenzy like no other Batting Practice I have ever seen. I actually did pick Alonso to win it all. It was so much fun and a part of me wants to go again in the future!
I did eventually make it to my original seat I bought on pre-sale...the 2nd to last row on the upper Left Field level and thankfully I was able to sell my other extra seat. I walked a bunch before the game to see the parade of all the players and explore the Play-Ball Park in the convention park area in downtown Cleveland, which included being able to see and take a picture with THE World Series Trophy.
The All-star game itself was a great one with great pitching and clutch hitting. It wasn’t a blow-out at all, and the National League made it pretty close at the end. I got tired of sitting so far away from the field, so I took my new friend that I made, whom I met sitting next to me that bought my extra seat, and I found an aisle attendant on the field level I was prior during BP talking with about my neon sign and baseball trip who let us sit behind the American League dugout about 20 rows back. Man, those seats were amazing and I can’t believe they were worth between $1,500 and $2,000.