GameChat – 2012 All Star Home Run Derby, 7:05pm


In a return to the form we all know and love so well, TC Bear has managed yet another victory amid his mascot colleagues. I don’t think we Twins fans really appreciate how hard that bear works to represent Twins baseball at its finest. Can you imagine trying to hit baseballs with paws not to mention that limited field of vision???

We just want to say CONGRATS and THANK YOU for all your hard work.

And now that we have the important stuff covered, we’re ready for the other Home Run Derby. If you’re planning to watch it, you can hang out and chat with others!

Participant RD1 RD2 RD1&2 FINALS
Fielder 5 11 16 12
Bautista 11 2 13 7
Trumbo 7 6 13
Beltran 7 5 12
Gonzalez 4 4
McCutchen 4 4
Kemp 1 1
Cano 0 0

Here’s the way things went down! Prince Fielder just KILLED the competition this year. He’s officially the first player ever to win the HR Derby representing both the NL & AL Leagues. Interestingly enough, both of his Derby wins were also in Missouri – one in St. Louis, one in Kansas City. Congrats Mr. Fielder!


All Star Break Fun & Games!

BREAK TIME! After last night’s marathon game that ended so badly (and so late), I think Minnesota fans and players alike could definitely use the game vacation.

However, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some fun anyway.

Not long ago, ERolfPleiss reviewed the biography of Harmon Killebrew by Steve Aschburner. THEN he sent it to me!! I’m so excited that I put down the book I was reading and have started it. We here at Knuckleballs would like you to be able to do the same thing! The folk over at Triumph Books have offered to provide copies of the book as prizes for any contests we care to run – which means it’s time to have one.

So I got this idea while hearing Steve interviewed on 1500 while he was in town for a book signing. If you want to listen to the interview itself, I highly recommend it. Go here and listen to Hour 2 on July 2nd.

As conversation proceeded, they discuss the fact that the forward is from Jim Thome who many say is often compared as the “Harmon Killebrew” of this generation because he is universally liked and considered the epitome of Gentleman Baseball. One question asked of Steve stood out to me. They ask him if now that he’s done Killer’s biography, if he’d consider doing one for Thome and if so, would he call it Ultimate Slugger II??

Gotta say boys over at 1500 – that’s just not a great title even if it might be appropos of something.

So here’s what I want from our readers for this contest:

Give us your best shot at what you would title a biography of Jim Thome. Leave your answers in the comments. You may offer as many suggestions as you like and you may comment on other suggestions. However, if you offer multiple suggestions, I will have you pick just one as your final submission. Deadline for submissions will be noon 6 pm on Wednesday, July 11th.  Then we’ll take all our submissions and put them into a user poll to be voted on by all the members of Knuckleballs! The highest vote getter will win a free copy of Harmon’s biography, Ultimate Slugger. If necessary, we’ll run a tie-breaker.

I am really intrigued to see what a bunch of creative/reader/writer people can come up with! Have at it folk!