Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Home run derby wraps Packers minicamp
By Kevin Seifert
The Green Bay Packers wrapped up their mandatory minicamp a day early, obviously believing they had nothing left to prove ever since we named them the team to beat the NFC North.
(Please don't write to complain. That was SARCASM and you should be quite used to it by now.)
Coach Mike McCarthy did in fact cancel Wednesday's practice and meetings, but McCarthy has done the same thing in recent years when he was pleased with the team's offseason work. Tuesday, he said: "I think our players have earned that and deserve that."
But before it was over, the Packers held what McCarthy called a "team-building" event on the practice field: A softball Home Run Derby. According to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum announced the winner would receive a car, which initially sat under a tarp on the sideline.
Rookie left tackle Bryan Bulaga won the event by hitting the longest ball. When the tarp was removed, the car was revealed to be a beat-up Saturn with no trunk or doors. Spray-painted on the car were these words: "To Super Bowl -- Dallas."
If it leaves now, the car could probably make it to Texas by January.
By the way, Bulaga is either a really good athlete or a baseball ringer -- or both. He hit 14 home runs during batting practice before a Milwaukee Brewers game last month.