This past week baseball and golf took center stage while basketball, football and soccer prep for their fall season. Major League Baseball had its All-Star festivities earlier in the week and golf held its British Open throughout the week. These are the Sporting*Goods:
Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby was on Monday and wasn’t much of the show that was expected. Minnesota’s Target Field isn’t exactly the ideal field to have such an event, with the field accumulating the least home runs in the league.
Baseball’s home run leader, rookie Jose Abreu chose to skip the derby, but the rest of the field had pop. The highest total for any hitter in a round was 10 by Toronto’s Jose Bautista. Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton put on a nice show launching a couple skyscrapers. Los Angeles’ Yasiel Puig did not put on such a nice show, throwing up a donut. Reigning champ, Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes kept the crown edging Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier in one of the more underwhelming derbies in recent memory.
A Captain’s Farewell
The All-Star game thankfully didn’t disappoint like the Home Run Derby. New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter was honored in his 14th and final All Star appearance. Jeter was welcomed to a standing ovation from everyone in attendance including St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright dropped his glove and applauded. Jeter didn’t disappoint going 2-for-2 with a leadoff double and a single in the third.
Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout showed up big time as well going 2-for-3 with a double and triple and pulling in MVP honors as the American League defeated the National League 5-3. Trout becomes the youngest MVP in the history of the All Star Game in a performance that solidified his superstar status in the league.
Laugher at Liverpool
One of golf’s prestigious tournaments, the British Open took place at Liverpool, England this week and wasn’t much of a competition. 25-year-old Rory McIlroy led the tournament from day one and did not look back to his competitors. McIlroy finished a whopping 17 under par and took home his third major tournament victory, one that put him in the elite company of Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.
Speaking of Woods, he started off slow, picked it up, and then fell back down. After rallying in day one to pull into the top ten Woods never found his groove in a tournament he used to dominate much like McIlroy did this weekend. Woods’ major tourney drought is now two plus years old as he continues to try and get back on track.