Planning on watching the MLB Home Run Derby Monday night (July 11) on ESPN? Better make sure to have your phone or laptop handy so you can follow along with the sluggers as they tweet live from Chase Field in Arizona.
Here are the participants’ Twitter handles. Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks and Adrian Gonzalez are also participating, but they are not on Twitter.
David Ortiz: @davidortiz
Jose Bautista: @JoeyBats19
Matt Kemp: @TheRealMattKemp
Robinson Cano: @robinsoncano
Matt Holliday: @mattholliday7
State Farm, the official sponsor: @statefarm
You can also follow Texas Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson (@str8edgeracer), who promises on Twitter he’ll be “shooting HD video and sick photos during the Home Run Derby! And tweet live about it!”
And as always, State Farm and MLB will donate $18,000 for every home run hit
with a Gold Ball and $3,000 for every non-Gold Ball hit to the Boys and Girls Club of America. Also, for the winning captain’s charity (Ortiz and Fielder are captains for the AL and NL teams, respectively), there will be a $150,000 donation in the captain’s name, along with $100,000 to the BCGA. The Losing team will have a $25,000 donation to the charity of its captain’s choice in his name.