Thursday, July 11, 2013

Alvarez will be in the Home Run Derby

After days of gnashing of teeth by Pirates fans and the local media, slugging third baseman Pedro Alvarez (and his 23 home runs) was picked by David Wright to replace leading home run hitter, Carlos Gonzalez, who will miss the event due to a sprained finger.

It will be interesting to see how well Alvarez does at Citi Field on Monday night. The last two Pirates to participate in the Derby--Jason Bay and Andrew McCuthen--weren't exactly ideal for a Derby despite their all-around abilities, but Alvarez and his style seem to be taylor made for this contest, as he's known for hitting home runs of the tape-measure variety.

I wasn't as upset as others were when Alvarez was originally passed over, but now I'll at least have a reason to watch something I really only watch when a Pirate is involved--so mostly never.

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