The 2014 Home Run Derby is just a few days away and the baseball world will see some of the game’s premier sluggers show off their talent in Minneapolis. One of the ten sluggers that will be there is the 2008 champion and longtime Minnesota Twins first baseman and current Colorado Rockies infielder, Justin Morneau.
Morneau was selected by current teammate and this year’s National League captain Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. The storylines are all there. A champion in 2008 that still gets looked past Josh Hamilton‘s performance that night in Yankee Stadium is returning to his old team’s new stomping grounds. He has a chance to remind the fans of what they once saw before he was injury plagued.
Morneau, unfortunately, lost out to Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo for the last roster spot on the team, so the derby is really his one and only chance to get an ovation from the Minnesota fans. This is something that even last year, many would have never seen coming. He was often on the disabled list and just could not put together healthy seasons to get recognized for the midsummer classic. He will not take this opportunity for granted.
Fans should root for the former all star. He has a chance to be the third player in history to win multiple home run derby championships, joining Ken Griffey Jr. and Prince Fielder. It would be something to see a player many have given up on get the chance to accomplish such a feat.