Upton focused on World Series, not Home Run Derby

Jul 6, 2011, 3:05 PM | Updated: 4:08 pm

Arizona sports fans may be upset Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton was not selected to participate in the Home Run Derby, but the 23-year-old right fielder has bigger goals.

Growing up I never dreamed of winning the Home Run Derby, but I did dream of winning a World Series and that is where my focus is.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

While there is nothing that says Upton couldn’t win both the Derby and a World Series, the tweet shows his focus is in the right place.

Upton, who is batting .299 with 14 home runs and 44 RBI, has been a huge contributor to the Diamondbacks, who are only a game out of first place.

Internally, Upton may be disappointed that he does not get to hit home runs in front of the home-town fans, but the fact that he is taking the high road and looking ahead to the second half of the season, the postseason and even the World Series is a positive sign for Arizona.

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