I don't know about you, but the home run derby held little interest for me this year.
The amazing thing happened the day before.
At the All Star Futures Game.
I could go on about how cheesy and just overall bad the actual production was (how many lame interviews can one game have while the game is going on?), but when Javier Baez actually went with the pitch - a curve or some kind of breaking ball - and knocked it out to right center?
That was the first time I'd seen him live, and it was the opposite of Cub Dissappointment.
That really was the future.
And it happens really really fast.
As in freaky bat speed fast.
They were already making stars out of Kris Bryant and his buddy Joey Gallo, which was fun to see.
Bryant is going to be a superstar, even if he struck out twice here.
But Baez delivered just what everyone hoped - a massive dinger that went out in a couple seconds.
I use "awesome" all the time which diminishes it's power.
Baez was awesome in the actual weight of what that word is supposed to mean.