By Josh Greene
2011 not only marks the D-backs’ 10-year anniversary of their 2001 World Championship club, it’s also the 10th anniversary of the franchise’s first-ever Home Run Derby win.
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By Greg Dillard
In the spring of 2009, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced that Chase Field would play host to the 82nd MLB All-Star Game. Now in 2011, All-Star week is just days away.
It’s bound to be an action-filled experience as many of baseball’s biggest stars gather in the Arizona desert, so D-backs Insider takes a look at some of the upcoming festivities at the ballpark.
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By Greg Salvatore
Don’t forget to tune to ESPN at 5 p.m. Arizona time tonight to root for Chris Young in the State Farm Home Run Derby!
Young is just the second D-backs player to compete in the Derby, though the team does have a good record so far–the only prior competitor, Luis Gonzalez, won the event in 2001.
“If I can get something up in the zone, something I can elevate and get out of the yard is pretty much what I’m doing,” Young said. “I’ve talked to Jermaine Dye and I’ve talked to some of these guys up here, and you know, endurance is the big thing. I try to not get too excited out there and not swing at every pitch.”
When the competitors were asked how they think they’ll be received if they’re winners of the Derby, Young joked that he expects nothing short of a king’s treatment.
“The long shot that I win it, I want all of these guys to carry me off the field,” he said, laughing.