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Dumb Stuff from the All-Star Game

Mike SteffanosWednesday, July 12, 2006
By Mike Steffanos

In a story by Sam Borden and Adam Rubin in today's New York Post, we learn that Bud Selig is considering a rule that would prohibit pitchers selected for the All-Star game from pitching the game right before the break, the idea being to avoid a situation where Tom Glavine wasn't available to pitch last night in Pittsburgh.

Memo to Mr. Selig: you can play around with the stupid rules all you want, but you can't change the fact that this is an exhibition game. It's a showcase designed to appeal to the most casual of fans, but it's not a real game, and you can't make it that. Tom Glavine had the perfect answer when asked what he thought of that idea:

I'm all for sitting down and trying to figure out how to get guys to come here. ... That's something we need to address. Absolutely. But as far as not having guys pitch on Sunday, I don't know. If the team were to come to me and say, 'Hey, you want to pitch in the All-Star Game or you want to pitch Sunday?' I'd rather pitch for my team. That's more important. That's what the big picture is.

I wish Bud Selig and his used-car salesman persona would step away from trying to make the All-Star game what it can never be again. In the sixties and seventies baseball was a completely different game, where many players spent the vast majority of their career playing for one team. Today switching leagues is rather routine. Back then, you only saw the opposite league in the ASG and in the World Series. Interleague play has irretrievably removed the cachet that used to surround the contest. It's a big bore now, and I only managed to watch some of it because of Wright and Beltran. Back off, Bud, you are part of the reason this game has been cheapened, and you're never going to get it back to what it once was.

Also in that same story was news of Alex Rodriguez' press conference to unveil his "special edition" Wheaties box. To help youngsters to enjoy the entire A-Rod experience, there have been several value-added features included in this very special cereal box. Random pieces of cereal are extra-large to allow the child to share the feeling of choking with his hero. There is also a "Nobody Loves Me" poster included, suitable for hanging on the wall, and a coupon good for 50% off one therapy session with a participating mental health professional. Derek Jeter has no comment on any of this.

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Comments (6)

A few years back I was part of a discussion on why the All Star game is nothing special anymore. Most of the participants had remembered a time when it mattered more to them.

It was resolved that the culprits were: so many games available on the screen; it used to be that the All Star game was a rare chance to see players from many teams, particularly if one lived in a one team city, moreso for those not living in a major league city at all. That, and the simple fact that the game really is for the kids, who value the All Star-ness of the occasion over the games that affect the actual league races. Which I believe is true, making the night starting time and the glacial pace even crazier. My own addition to the reasons: Willie Mays retired. Willie brought majic to those exhibitions.

Being a real, no kidding baseball fan, it pains me that something of consequence hinges on the outcome of the damn All Star game. And Bud Selig is ugly.

dd -- I agree with everything you say here. I loved this game when I was a kid, but I didn't have to stay up way past my bedtime to watch it.

"Random pieces of cereal are extra-large to allow the child to share the feeling of choking with his hero." - haha! that is some funny stuff.

yuan, I'm just happy that I haven't received any comments from irate parents complaining that I endorse choking children...

Hi All- dd hit the nail on the head, I feel exactly the same way, between games from both leagues available on TV all over the place, and Interleague play the All Star game hasn't been special for years-and to go a step further with the Interleague play-it takes away the excitement of the World Series-at least for me anyway. Oh yeah and one more thing- I agree Bud Selig is ugly.

We are all in agreement on Selig being ugly...

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