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A dazzlin' Derby not to be
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07/12/2004 11:21 PM ET
A dazzlin' Derby not to be
Sosa unable to advance past first round, clubs five
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Sammy Sosa watches the flight of one of his five home runs in the first round of the 2004 Home Run Derby. (Brian Bahr/Getty)
• Round-by-round results & highlights
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HOUSTON -- Sammy Sosa came to the Century 21 Home Run Derby with high hopes, the trademark hop and the familiar big swing.

"He's got his batting practice pitcher, he's fired up, ready to go," teammate Moises Alou said before his teammate and Cubs slugger Sosa took his first cuts in Monday night's event.

Sosa admitted he was pumped up for the Home Run Derby at Minute Maid Park, one of the more hitter-friendly parks in the game.

Unfortunately for Sosa, it proved to be a disappointing night as he was knocked out of the Home Run Derby in the first round after hitting only five home runs.

"I wish I would have done better, but I had fun," Sosa said.

2004 Home Run Derby

Sosa, who came in with 26 career derby homers, which tied him with Albert Pujols of St. Louis for the most in the history of the event, saw just 22 pitches on the night.

The man who holds the mark for the longest homer in derby history (524 feet at Milwaukee in 2002), made outs on eight of his first nine swings before belting one off the railroad tracks an estimated 423 feet away. On the next pitch, Sosa hit a 451-foot shot over the railroad tracks.

"I thought I was going to (get going at that point)," Sosa said.

But Sosa would manage just two more and Baltimore's Rafael Palmeiro topped his total to eliminate the Cubs' slugger.

Jim Molony is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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