Cabrera took part in the Derby back in 2006 and hit 15 homers at PNC Park, earning him a third-place finish behind Ryan Howard and David Wright. He was asked to take part in the Derby the next year, he said, but he wasn't feeling right and bowed out.
He doesn't talk about it in terms of messing up his swing. To him, it's like another round of batting practice, with a more aggressive approach and a lot more fans.
"Batting practice you can do anything, like I want to hit the ball to the other way," Cabrera said. "I want to do this or that. I want to hit home runs. In the Home Run Derby, you have to be aggressive, because it's a lot of pressure. It's different, because you don't have the batting cage. You have more people see you. It's like, 'You've got to do it. You've got to do it.' But if you get relaxed and put your best swing on the ball, it's going to be OK."