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Old 12 Jul 2005, 01:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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DETROIT - Bobby Abreu won the Home Run Derby with a record-setting performance Monday night, hitting an astounding 24 homers in his first turn at bat before outslugging hometown favorite Ivan Rodriguez in the finals.

Abreu also smashed the mark for total homers with 41, besting Miguel Tejada's 2004 total of 27 by the second round. He hit 11 in the finals, another derby record, to Rodriguez's five in an event that lasted 3 hours, 3 minutes.

"I'm tired," Abreu said. "This is a beautiful night."

The Philadelphia Phillies right fielder was the first contestant - he also will hit leadoff for the National League in the All-Star game Tuesday night - and he gave fans a spectacular show right from the start.

Abreu homered on his first swing and didn't stop until he obliterated Tejada's previous mark of 15 homers in a round, set last year in Houston.

"Pretty sick," Boston's Johnny Damon said.

Batting left-handed and teeing off against his personal batting practice pitcher, Phillies bullpen coach Ramon Henderson, Abreu topped out with a 517-foot shot onto the porch above the back row of right-field bleachers, sending the standing-room crowd scurrying for a souvenir.

It was the third-longest drive in the 20 times the derby has been held, behind Sammy Sosa's 524-foot homer in 2002 at Miller Park in Milwaukee and Frank Thomas' 519-footer in 1994 at old Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.

Abreu even chipped his bat on his 21st homer - but the ball still cleared the center-field fence.

"See that? Hit it too hard," he said before Phillies teammate Jimmy Rollins brought him some new lumber.

Abreu went the other way to left-center for No. 24, then finally made his 10th out after 17 minutes at the plate, ending his turn and prompting a third standing ovation.

"Just trying to put on a good show. They enjoy it, that's what it's all about," he said.

So much for spacious Comerica Park being a poor site for a power-hitting contest. In fact, the ball carried very well to right field on a pleasant, 78-degree night.

"Unbelievable. He made it look it like it's too easy getting the ball out of this park," Red Sox captain Jason Varitek said.

Representing his home country of Venezuela in baseball's new international format, Abreu stopped twice to tip his cap to the chanting crowd of 41,004 - and once when Rodriguez, the lone All-Star for the host Tigers, brought him something to drink at home plate.

"Looked like he could have hit homers all day. He had a groove, just looked really smooth," said Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, who hit his own famous homer in Detroit during the 1971 All-Star game at Tiger Stadium. "I wish they would have had this when I played."

When Abreu broke Tejada's mark, Johan Santana and Miguel Cabrera were among the All-Stars who ran to the plate to drape the slugger in a large Venezuelan flag.

Santana said he placed a call back home to his father, who told him the country was "paralyzed."

With water fountains shooting high into the air in center field after each long ball, it was an awesome display by one of the most underrated stars in baseball - and maybe a bit intimidating for the other competitors. The next batter, Jason Bay of Canada, was shut out.

"Didn't make it any easier," Bay said.

Boston's David Ortiz of the Dominican Republic put on an impressive show as well, also surpassing Tejada with 17 home runs in the first round. But Ortiz was overshadowed - and eliminated when he connected only three times in Round 2.

In the semifinals, Abreu picked up right where he left off, connecting on his first two swings. He finished with six in that round, including three when he was down to his final out, which was good enough to advance.

When they got to nine outs, players were tossed special gold baseballs - much like the red-white-and-blue basketballs used for the final shot on each rack during the NBA's 3-point shootout.

"I had fun, and I made it farther than I expected to, so I'll take it," Rodriguez said. "Bobby started off very hot, hitting long bombs, and he just kept doing it all night."

Milwaukee's Carlos Lee of Panama was knocked out in the semifinals. Also eliminated in the first round were Dodgers first baseman Hee-Seop Choi of Korea, Texas' Mark Teixeira of the United States and Atlanta's Andruw Jones of Curacao, who has 27 homers - tied with Cubs slugger Derrek Lee for the major league lead.
This was a suprise. I didn't expect this in a park like Comerica.
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He set the record for total homers, homers in the first round, and homers in the final round. He also set the record for total distance for homers. Plus he hit the second longest home run Derby history.

So, the Philly Phlops can at least hang their hat on Abreu's monster Home Run Derby.
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I didn't agree with it, but from what I understand it is just for this year to try and promote baseball in the Olympics. I hope it is just a one year deal anyway.
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I did. Remember?? You're just following me around acting like a little bitch posting after every post I put down because...well, because hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

You're probably sitting there wishing you had a pic of my kids so you could Photoshop them onto something because that's all you can really do.

Sure...you can take a run at numbfuck SC or plainjane Josh or complete moron Alex or can't get out of his own way Boston...but I don't agree with you about Barry and it's "Rueben Droughns this" "weed that" "your kids this" "Look at me and my halo over my head that."

Whatever. First of all, you don't have any depth of knowledge about any of that stuff, so you're just talking out of your ass. Secondly, you wouldn't be saying any of that shit if Barry Bonds wasn't some roided up freak who you're in love with.

It's fucking gay. I have better things to do than deal with someone who can't even debate a point, rather changes the subject again and again to deflect the fact that he's dead wrong. It's what dumbass 6th graders do...


I honestly don't give a fuck about your opinion. Like I told Alex, they're just words on a screen. I can't believe you don't get that concept...but okay.

I mean...you're the kind of guy that thinks if you yell louder than the other person, you will win a debate. And that's not new either...I've pretty much thought that about you from day one...

I didn't want to put it that way, but since you want to press on...

Lame dude. Just lame. I have better shit to do. You probably should too...but I'm betting you don't...

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I was pissed Ichiro didn't participate. Would of loved to see him get the chance to show off his power.
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what gave me the shits was I woke up late and missed the first round.......watched the 2nd and had to go to work and missed the 3rd round. I saw just over 20 homers and missed out on seeing 60+ others
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^I wish they could have gave Texiera and Bay a few of those.
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You're probably sitting there wishing you had a pic of my kids so you could Photoshop them onto something because that's all you can really do.

Sure...you can take a run at numbfuck SC or plainjane Josh or complete moron Alex or can't get out of his own way Boston...but I don't agree with you about Barry and it's "Rueben Droughns this" "weed that" "your kids this" "Look at me and my halo over my head that."

Whatever. First of all, you don't have any depth of knowledge about any of that stuff, so you're just talking out of your ass. Secondly, you wouldn't be saying any of that shit if Barry Bonds wasn't some roided up freak who you're in love with.

It's fucking gay. I have better things to do than deal with someone who can't even debate a point, rather changes the subject again and again to deflect the fact that he's dead wrong. It's what dumbass 6th graders do...


I honestly don't give a fuck about your opinion. Like I told Alex, they're just words on a screen. I can't believe you don't get that concept...but okay.

I mean...you're the kind of guy that thinks if you yell louder than the other person, you will win a debate. And that's not new either...I've pretty much thought that about you from day one...

I didn't want to put it that way, but since you want to press on...

Lame dude. Just lame. I have better shit to do. You probably should too...but I'm betting you don't...

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