Home Run Derby Chicago Style!!

I’m a baseball fan and the Baseball All Star Game happens next Tuesday in Washington @ Nationals Stadium. My favorite part is the Home Run Derby happening on Monday and the Cubs have two entrants this year. Kyle Schwarber doesn’t mind losing a day during the All-Star Break so he can compete in the Home Run Derby on Monday. The Cubs left fielder confirmed he and second baseman Javier Baez accepted invitations to represent the National League. It will be the first Home Run Derby for both players. “It’s going to be fun, especially with Javy in there, too,” Schwarber said Tuesday night. “I know what kind of (batting practice) that guy takes.” Schwarber, who is tied with Baez for the Cubs lead with 17 home runs, plans to “soak up the moment. “It’s on the bucket list,” Schwarber said. “It’s one of those things you grow up watching (Ken) Griffey and (Mark) McGwire. Now that I can do it, it’s a thing you want to do at least once.” Baez already was selected to start for the National League at second base in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, so his selection to the Home Run Derby provides another opportunity to showcase his skills. “A lot of people got the question mark on my mind, how I’m going to do it?” Baez said. “It’s all about putting on a show and having fun, and we’ll see what happens.” Last Cubs to apply their talents to this event were Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo in 2015.  The last White Sox  to experience this fun event was Todd Frazier in 2017. Before that we had Jermaine Dye from the Sox in 2006, Paul Konerko in 2002 and of course Sammy in 2000 (the year he won the contest in Atlanta), 2001, 2002 and 2004.



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