Inge said he loved watching the Home Run Derby, which began in 1985, as a youth.
He even reveled in the old black-and-white TV show home run derby that featured the likes of Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays "It was probably a dream of mine to one day be in the Home Run Derby," Inge said Monday afternoon.
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ESPN's Eduardo Perez had selected Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz and Inge as darkhorse possibilities to win the Home Run Derby. Fielder hit the most in the first two rounds (17) and total (23), while adding the longest at 503 feet.Or maybe he can finally focus on hitting without any pressure or expectation from the fans or his teammates, or the boo-birds who must have made life miserable for him.In any case, it couldn’t be happening to a nicer guy. And he won’t finish the season with 30 home runs or 100 rbi’s."Me and my brother, Jason, would watch every one of them.
And then, we'd go out and play it with Whiffle Balls -- as many as you could hit out before 10 outs." Inge hit what likely would have been one double, two singles, four fly balls, two pop-ups and one groundout. He was a polarizing figure among Tigers fans, didn’t hit all that much, had a couple of good seasons including 2009, when he made the AL All-Star team, and was outstanding defensively at third base. He said the most gratifying part of his big league journey was seeing the Tigers go from 119 losses in 2003 to the World Series in 2006, which the team is honoring throughout the season.“Honestly when I go back to Lynchburg, I can appreciate getting to the big leagues,” he said. You talk about the rebirth, but it had a lot to do with everybody else.