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HR Derby cloudy

July 10, 2007 - Neil Rudel

Maybe it's in part because I was fortunate enough to be at last year's Home Run Derby in Pittsburgh, but this year's contest in San Francisco paled in comparison.

And this is the main reason: The event is not made for a West Coast venue, where it hasn't even gotten dark yet.

It was much more difficult to follow the ball being blasted through the cumulus orbit of AT&T Park than it was at PNC Park. And it didn't help that the powerful lefties, such as Ryan Howard, were eliminated early, thus taking McCovey Cove, and all the kayaks, out of play.

More on the Derby: I can totally understand why Barry Bonds wouldn't participate. You don't see Kobe Bryant in the Slam Dunk competition, right? But Bonds was wrong for not being around to allow the San Francisco fans -- his only friends -- to see him.

The game has been better to Bonds than he's been to it -- something he proved, again, Monday night.

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