The MLB All-Star break is upon us. And quite honestly, the “Midsummer Classic” is the best All-Star game in pro sports by a mile. For starters, it’s in the summer. Secondly, it’s the only game that actually counts (the winning league gets home-field advantage in the World Series). And of course, nothing says mid-July baseball like watching ding-dongs fly over the fence.
That’s right! The Home Run Derby has long been a favorite of fans who yearn for homers in a rapid-fire, continuous pace. (And unlike the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, the game’s brightest stars actually show up for this one. No offense, Jeremy Evans.) Plus, it’s always funny to see how bad those kids on the field are at catching fly balls. Egads.
To get you all hyped for tonight’s festivities, here is a list of this year’s best dingers to date. Sit back and enjoy the fireworks.