My Canadian Crusher has declined his invitation to the 24th Annual Home Run Derby, to be held next Monday night on ESPN.
"They asked me yesterday," Justin Morneau said. "I said I wasn't going to do it."And that's that.
I was pretty bummed when I first heard the news, but I lightened up when Joe Mauer said he'd totally say yes if they asked him.
"If they ask me, I don't think I could say no," said the two-time batting champ. "I know watching him the last couple of years, it's a lot of pressure. Still, it looked like it was a fun deal."Man Muscles is second behind Morneau in Minnesota Twins home runs with 14 on the year, 11 of which he nailed in May. Though he's more likely to bat .400 than hit 40 bombs, Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire has the utmost confidence in his backstop.
"Joe in the home run hitting contest? He'd probably win it," says Gardy. "You know it and I know it. Just to let people know he can hit home runs. Nothing would surprise me that Joe does."[MLB]