From Adam Rubin:
David Wright was supposed to be the target of fan and announcer venom this weekend in Pittsburgh for failing to select Pedro Alvarez for the Home Run Derby.
Well, Alvarez is now in the competition, after Carlos Gonzalez withdrew with a sprained right middle finger, MLB announced.
Alvarez is a New York native who graduated from Horace Mann High School in the Bronx.
Original Post 7/11
“Yo, dude? What’s up with that? Come on — El Toro’s born and bred in NYC!”
That was one Pirates’ fan’s reaction when learning that David Wright had snubbed Pedro Alvarez for the home run derby on Sunday. Alvarez is second in the National League in homers and fifth in MLB. Last night, when he walloped his 23rd home run, this was how Pirates broadcaster Greg Brown called it, ”Take that, David Wright, says Pedro Alvarez.”
Alvarez can take comfort in manager Bruce Bochy picking him as a reserve and earning his first All-star appearance at the age of 26. But his snub is not only drawing the ir