The verdict is in, and Aaron Judge is a strong man

Baseball’s all-star game is tonight, but Monday night belonged to Aaron Judge. And Pitbull’s shirt.

Aaron Judge smashes way to Home Run Derby trophy

It takes a judge to dethrone a king.

Giancarlo Stanton entered the Home Run Derby as the defending champion playing on his home field, so naturally, he took an early exit after coming up just shy of getting by Gary Sanchez in a monster first-round matchup. With Stanton down after a 17-15 setback, Sanchez opened the door wide open for Yankees teammate Aaron Judge to walk his way to the Home Run Derby crown, who also overcame a strong showing by Marlins slugger Justin Bour in the first round.

By the end of the night, Judge had powered his way by Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers and Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins in the final round. Did I mention Judge brought some monster power?

And if you took the graphs of all of the home runs hit during the Home Run Derby by all of the players, you have what looks like a fireworks display.

As for the broadcast crew, it seems the ESPN announcers were leaving a lot to be desired…

Andre Dawson dominated the celebrity softball game

What year is it?

The celebrity softball game was pre-recorded the previous day, but who cares? The wait was worth it alone just to see Andre Dawson hit not one, but TWO home runs that showed the old man’s still got his swing down.

Quick Hits

What the heck was Pitbull wearing at the Home Run Derby?

– Guess who caught a home run ball at the Home Run Derby? Joel Embiid, of the Philadelphia 76ers. He does have a height advantage in the crowd working for him.

– Don’t let all the all-star game buzz distract you from the fact that Texas lost to Kansas in football, and Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is a petty man.

– Some breaking news overnight, with Adolphus Washington being arrested on a weapons charge at a water park.

– If you watched Last Chance U on Netflix, here is an update on Ronald Ollie.

– Local news going off the rails is always fun, right?

– The New York Jets want to build a helipad at their practice facility despite being two minutes from an airport.

– That time Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema butt-dialed SEC commissioner Greg Sankey.

– Which NHL teams are heading in the right direction?

– It’s finally happening, you guys…

– Noted hot dog expert Joey Chestnut settles the hot dog debate once and for all. Now we can all move on.

– Mark Cuban still wants the Mavs in the Eastern Conference of the NBA.

One last gratuitous moment of procrastination

After all these years, the decision to never hire an assistant seemed like a bad strategy by Bowser.

About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Previously contributed to Host of the Locked On Nittany Lions Podcast. FWAA member and Philadelphia-area resident.