July 12, 2005


Abreu has a blast in derby with 41 homers (The Associated Press, JULY 13, 2005)

Bobby Abreu knows he made a name for himself.

Forty-one homers in 71 swings is enough to get anyone noticed.

With a record-setting performance in the Home Run Derby, the Philadelphia Phillies right fielder went from best-kept secret to back-page headlines in a little more than three hours on Monday night.

"The people got to know," Abreu said. "They're going to talk about me."

One of baseball's most overlooked stars for years, Abreu hit an astounding 24 home runs in his first turn at bat before outslugging the hometown favorite, Ivan Rodriguez, in the finals.

Abreu also smashed the mark for total homers in this event, with his 41 soaring past Miguel Tejada's 2004 total of 27 by the second round. He hit 11 in the finals, another derby record, to Rodriguez's 5 in a showcase that lasted 3 hours 3 minutes.

"I'm tired," he said. "This is a beautiful night."

Nothing like juicing the balls in an unofficial but highly visible event to quiet the speculation about un-juiced players and homerun totals.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 12, 2005 12:39 PM

Apparently, they were only juiced for the winner?

Posted by: Palmcroft at July 12, 2005 3:12 PM


Posted by: oj at July 12, 2005 9:09 PM

Guess the juice ran out for Bay and Teixeira. But Tex got a dinger in the "real" game.

Posted by: Casey Abell at July 13, 2005 11:17 AM