There are new episodes of both ABC’s “The Bachlorette” and NBC’s “Great American Road Trip,” but I know my dial will be tuned in to the 2009 Home Run Derby on ESPN at 8 pm/7 pm central. It combines all the pageantry of television with one of my favorite sports. The participants in this year’s Home Run Derby are National League players Ryan Howard, Adrian Gonzalez, Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols and American League players Brandon Inge, Nelson Cruz, Joe Mauer and Carlos Pena.
This year we have the extra added bonus of Albert Pujols competing in the derby. I’m a diehard Cardinals fan and El Hombre is having a monster year. I think we could be talking Triple Crown by September. I can’t wait to watch him hit dinger after dinger in his home ballpark. Earlier this season he hit a homerun that put out the “I” in the Big Mac Land sign. Video here. The guy’s a beast.