The big boppers go for the fences in Anaheim tonight and it's hard to say how much people are into this event anymore. I've been to five of them and -- save for Josh Hamilton's incredible showing two years ago at old Yankee Stadium -- they have generally been snore-inducers.
They go on too long (do we really need 10 outs in the first round?), too many guys either take too many pitches or do very little when they swing, and many of the top sluggers are shying away from the thing for fear of injury or ruining their swing for the rest of the season.
ESPN always gets great ratings for it, usually better than most games. And there's a huge corporate sale of tickets in conjunction with Tuesday's game. So I doubt it's going away. But it has the feel of the NBA Slam Dunk contest. It's a great idea whose time might be over.
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