Snubbed Brown, unlike Bucs fans, gracious

July, 15, 2013
NEW YORK -- Philadelphia Phillies slugger Domonic Brown handled not being picked for the Home Run Derby more maturely than Pittsburgh Pirates fans.

David Wright added Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez as an injury replacement for Carlos Gonzalez last Thursday, but Pirates fans nonetheless booed Wright throughout the weekend for the original omission.

Meanwhile, Brown -- who has 23 homers, two off the National League lead -- expressed no venom at being passed over.

"I don't understand that, man," Brown said about the Pittsburgh booing. "I don't understand why he's getting heat about it. He's the captain. He has a right to pick his team. I would have had a lot of fun with it, but he picked some great guys that drive the ball out of the ballpark. So I don't know why he's getting heat for it."

Wright has justified his pick of Michael Cuddyer in part because of their friendship since growing up together in Virginia. Cuddyer said he is doubly thankful given the heat Wright took for his selection.

"I didn't see myself being in it, so I jumped on the opportunity," Cuddyer said. "... I thanked him when he first did it. I thanked him for going to bat for me. Obviously today, after knowing what he had to go through that weekend in Pittsburgh, I thanked him again."

Cuddyer actually has beaten Wright in a Home Run Derby before, albeit six years ago. All the Norfolk, Va.-area players -- Wright, Cuddyer, Mark Reynolds, Ryan Zimmerman, B.J. Upton and Justin Upton -- gathered for a competition back in 2007 to raise money for a new high school.

"Same format. Three rounds," Cuddyer said. "I ended up squaring off against David in the final round. I beat him. He hit six, and I think I hit 14."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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