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JEFF'S CHICAGO SPORTS BLOG - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FANS ENJOY A TERRIFIC ALL-STAR CELEBRATION

Jeff Ardito - Dean's Team Listing Specialist!

If you're a big-time baseball fan then this week's all-star festivities didn't disappoint.  Monday's homerun derby had a tremendous amount of excitement with Texas Rangers Outfielder, Josh Hamilton, at center stage.  Hamilton, despite not winning the contest, aroused the crowd with a record performance of 28 homeruns in the first round.  These homeruns were not flukes and continued the amazing season Hamilton is enjoying.  After battling his own demons for a few years now, Hamilton has begun to live up to his expectations as well as that of baseball experts.  The derby was center stage and you could not have had a better setting, Yankee Stadium.  Watching the homeruns sail out into the right field bleachers, upper deck and center field "hitter's area" was reminiscent of Reggie Jackson's homeruns in the '77 World Series. 

Yes, Reggie Jackson and the Babe and the greats that played the game ran through your head - those living and those gone.  A total of 49 Hall of Famers were present, each going out to the position they played with their baseball hats and suits on dignifying the great game America has come to know.  I couldn't help but think that the game despite its recent blemishes and the sludge of performance enhancing drugs, gambling and the personalities involved has made it back to what I remembered as a kid.

The game itself didn't disappoint either with the American League winning yet another in front of a sold-out crowd that heralded its own in Jeter, Rodriguez and Rivera.  There's something very special about Yankee Stadium and that couldn't be more evident than during the entire all-star week.  I sure hope the new stadium has the same flavor, look and mystique.  I'm excited to see the rest of the season play out for a variety of reasons but for now it's sure great to know that baseball continues to be a great game with the promise of so much more to come as it rids itself of the issues that compromise its integrity and nourishes the spirit that makes it the best game known to mankind.

JEFF ARDITO & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Saturday, July 19, 2008 9:54 AM by Dean's Team

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