Look, there’s no doubt this was a special night, a thoroughly unforgettable Home Run Derby by any measure. This is an example of an idea — the timed format — that was the ideal tweak to make an already great event even better. It’s not perfect yet, though.
Justin Bour hit 22 home runs in his first round and didn’t advance, which seems just silly considering Miguel Sano advanced with only 11. The head-to-head is fun in theory, but it’s probably best to let the guys who hit the most home runs advance, y’know?
But that’s a tweak for another year. It won’t be a painful one.
When he was done speaking with shareholders, Murphy said reports that he or Packers coach Mike McCarthy have a strained relationship with Thompson are untrue. Murphy, who has been the team’s president and CEO since 2007, said he and McCarthy each have “a great relationship” with Thompson, whose only time away from the Packers since 1992 was five-year stint as the Seahawks vice president of football operations from 2000-2004.
While Thompson used a first-round pick on Rodgers in 2005 and drafted players like Clay Matthews, Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, T.J. Lang and signed free agents Charles Woodson Football Cheap Jerseys and Tramon Williams in 2006, all of whom helped lead the Packers to a Super Bowl title in 2010, Thompson has also used first- and second-round picks on draft busts like Justin Harrell, Derek Sherrod, Pat Lee, Brian Brohm and Jerel Worthy. He also upset many when he allowed popular players like Kids Cheap Jerseys China Lang, Casey Hayward and Josh Sitton to leave via free agency.
Thompson has historically not been active in free agency, though the Packers did add tight ends Lance Kendricks and Martellus Bennett and guard Jahri Evans, and brought back cornerback Davon House this offseason.