Being the only of the Dallas Cowboys to actually take a ball out of the yard wasn’t enough for tight end John Phillips to earn the victory in the Reliant Energy Home Run Derby on Wednesday, which featured nine current players, head coach Jason Garrett and Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman.
Garrett actually won the contest, which raised around $40,000 for the Big Brother Big Sister organization, by employing a strategic approach to the contest--rather than swinging for the fences, which is kind of what you do in regular home run derbies, Garrett focused on getting balls into the outfield, which earned him enough points to get into the finals and beat Phillips.
From all accounts, Phillips was easily the most impressive of the bunch. He hit his lone home run to one of the deeper parts of the park (it flew over the 390’ sign in left), and took four pitches to the centerfield warning track.
"When this football thing is over with," Phillips laughed, per the Dallas Morning News, "I want to get a tryout."
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