Source: Denver Post
Carlos Gonzalez won't nibble his way through his first all-star weekend. He's getting the full buffet. The Rockies' outfielder agreed to participate in the Home Run Derby for the National League team, accepting Matt Kemp's invitation via the players association Saturday morning.
"I am going to swing hard for the streets," Gonzalez told The Post, when confirming his entrance in the derby . "I am excited to get out there."
Players association representative Tony Clark reached CarGo on Saturday. The conversation was quick: "Are you interested?" Answer: "Heck, yeah!"
Gonzalez has hit 17 home runs this season, and typically puts on a show in batting practice during his final 10 swings. The other confirmed participants are Kemp and Miami's Giancarlo Stanton. He's also participated in home run competitions in Venezuela during the winter, losing out in competitions that featured Bobby Abreu and Miguel Cabrera.
"I was a kid then," Gonzalez said. "I am grown man now."
Gonzalez plans to ask Rockies' bench coach Tom Runnells to throw to him in the derby. Runnells has been away from the club the past two days because of a death in the family.
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