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Some of you might recall that last year I wrote a column saying that the All-Star Home Run Derby had run its course. I didn't find it all that exciting anymore and I said so -- right before Josh Hamilton turned the thing into an amazing fireworks show. My bad, I guess.

Well, I haven't learned my lesson, other than learning that it's way better to rip something on the day after it takes place than the day before. That's just common sense.

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I thought the highlight for me last night was watching Carlos Pena take about 11 straight pitches, most of them thigh-high and right over the heart of the plate. That was so exciting I almost turned the thing off right then, but I did stick around to watch Ryan Howard put some balls in orbit. It's hard not to like Howard, even if he does play in Philadelphia.

Give Major League Baseball credit. The powers that be obsessed with power hitters continue to tweak the rules to try and make the thing more exciting, but it is -- after all -- a glorified batting practice session during which the only suspense is wondering how many different ways Chris Berman can describe a long fly ball.

Maybe I've just watched too much batting practice in my life, but it just doesn't float my boat.

How about you?

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