Where’s the competition?
I caught snippets (some day I am going to invest in a working television and not rely on the net) and I ask you- where’s the competition in the All-Star race? It kind of looked like… and I say kind of… please tell me I am wrong… that Bautista was the only one playing…
And it didn’t help that our first string sat this one out.
“You never know what really would have happened if they had some of their best pitchers,” said Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips. “All I can do is say thank you very much for not pitching. … It probably would have been a totally different game.”
Is it just me? Or did we tie a pretty bow around this and hand it nicely to the National League? And see, it doesn’t matter to most of these players. They won’t see Soxtober. But you’d think it would matter to the Stankees. They’ve got a shot. Apparently not, what with the flakiness.
Players didn’t criticize New York’s Derek Jeter or Mariano Rivera for skipping the game to rest minor injuries, even though they played last weekend. But some fans would claim poetic justice if it ultimately forced the Yankees to play Game 7 of the World Series on the road.
Many people say the only cure for the All-Star crapfest is to put a bullet in it.
Seriously. Would anyone other than Bud Selig notice? Or care? And just imagine if the idea gets traction across the sports spectrum. If the pro leagues really want to do something for fans, other than pick their pockets, keep the breaks in midseason and have the players perform community service — e.g., stage sports clinics in their hometowns.
I won’t go that far. But make it mandatory. So you don’t feel comfortable playing. Fine. But show up. Support your team. Support your fans. I’ll take it a step further. Wouldn’t it be great if EVERY player showed up? Sit in the stands. Sit among your fans. Support the sport that pays you a bazillion dollars.
You know… don’t elect to spend your day at… I don’t know… Atlantic City.
One person is happy with the status quo: Bud Selig.
It’s nice to root for Adrian Beltre again. Felt right. But oh so wrong. Like fatty ice cream.
And it’s nice to be able to show off Gonz’s bat.
And what a terrific single, Youkie.
And… um… I think that’s it?