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MLB's Home Run Derby is returning to Coors Field, and the Rockies have some tips for how to put on a show

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Players peppered Vinny Castilla with questions that day at Coors Field, wondering how far the ball might fly. The tall tales of extra-terrestrial home runs in Colorado had already grown to outsized proportions back in 1998, just five years into the Rockies' existence, as if Paul Bunyan himself was knocking 800-foot shots, then rounding the bases riding a blue ox named Babe Ruth.

"They were curious about how far the ball is going to go in the Home Run Derby," Castilla said Tuesday. The Rockies' third baseman that year remembers the other All-Stars preparing for their first opportunities under a spotlight at Coors Field and the curiosities they lobbed his way that week.

Might Mark McGwire line a rocket through the scoreboard, they wanted to know. Could Ken Griffey Jr. launch one out of the stadium? "We hit a lot of balls, but none go to the parking lot," Castilla said.

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