That said, it does have some redeeming qualities. I love seeing the players with their kids, and the kids in the little uniforms. So cute. And then there's always some story, some tale of inspiration. This year, it was Josh Hamilton. Three years ago? Crack addict. This year? The guy hit 28 home runs in the first round of the derby, setting a single-round record. Baseball is known for being rife with superstition and symbolism, and Hamilton's story is tailor-made for the sport.
Hamilton is now a God-fearing Christian, a fact which inspired one of the announcers to make the Strangest Comment Ever Heard at a Home Run Derby. As Hamilton kept belting balls into the stands, the announcers were going off about his amazing story and the incredible year he's having with the Rangers. They were all jawing about how he's a real family man now, and how he found God. After mentioning Hamilton's faith, one of the announcers said, "This is a terrible night to be an atheist!"
I laughed out loud. I understand his point, I think. In his mind, God is responsible for turning around Hamilton's life, and people who don't believe in God are not eligible for those kinds of miracles. I disagree. But no matter if I agree or disagree, what an odd thing to say.
I'm looking forward to the All-Star Game tonight. I'm getting takeout and watching it with a friend. Let's hope the game is not tainted by any athiests.