|Jose Bautista at 2012 Home Run Derby|
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|Jays' "Rookie Leaguers" enjoying the Home Run Derby|
I've enjoyed the Home Run Derby quite a bit in the past, but recently it just seems to drag on forever. There are so many more commercials than in years gone by - likely because it used to be a cable exclusive and now it's gone mainstream - and even the commentators stop paying attention somewhere in the second round. Heck, even some of the homers didn't ever show up on television because the cameras were focusing on something irrelevant. But I'm pretty sure the kids from the Blue Jays Baseball Academy's Rookie League that were in Kansas City for the MLB Jr. RBI Tournament were not bored at all. Judging from the tweets on the Jays Care Foundation feed the guys were having a whale of a time hanging out with Joe Carter and Tony Gwynn, attending instructional clinics and playing against some of the teams from the States in "friendly" matches.
|Three lucky young people chosen to shag flies tonight|
It's been a pretty important, satisfying and successful few days for the people in charge of the Jays' Baseball Academy. Congratulations to all for a terrific step forward for their program.