Pedro Alvarez is excited to participate in a hometown Derby. (Photo credit: David Hague)

There was much dismay, consternation, anger, irritation, even exasperation that National League captain David Wright did not initially select Pedro Alvarez to the 2013 Home Run Derby.

"Everyone got to gyrate," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

Okay, gyration.

Point is: Alvarez is in now. Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, chosen because he leads the NL in home runs, suffered a finger injury that will keep him out of the contest. Wright texted his next choice, Alvarez, who was excited and appreciative for the Derby spot. He and the Mets are in town to face the Pirates this weekend.

"For me it was a pretty simple choice," Wright said, adding that Alvarez being from New York City played a...

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