A mid-summer classic without the stars

Remember when the baseball all-star game, was a real spectacle?  A chance to see the VERY best the game has to offer, on the same field, in one glorious night?  It wasn’t that long ago.

But the baseball all-star game is losing it’s luster.

Need proof?  Look no further than Derek Jeter.  His home run over the weekend will be the defining moment of the 2011 season.  It made Jeter the only member of the exclusive three thousand hit club.  The ultimate make you smile moment.  `Cuz even if you hate the Yankees…you can’t hate this guy.

Jeter epitomizes what being a baseball superstar is all about.  Tuesday’s all-star game is his party…and he can skip if he wants to.

Jeter’s chosen NOT to play in the all-star game(saying he’s exhausted from chasing the 3,000 milestone)…and a record number of his peers are joining him.

SIXTEEN players are skipping the all-star game.  Many citing injuries, even though MOST, are not on the disable list.  

Huh?

Can it be an all-star game…when so many of the stars aren’t there?

Maybe they should call it the some stars game.   

Or better yet:  The Whoever is available and doesn’t want the time off game.   (On Sunday, the Cubs Aramis Ramirez turned down an invite, because he has other plans.)

And it still baffles my mind how an exhibition game is allowed to determine home field advantage for the World Series.

Seriously?

A game that requires representation from EVERY team, in which the mangers try and play every player, in a game the very best players no longer want to be apart of.

That’s how we determine who has the upper hand in the World Series?

Is that really the best idea Bud Selig could come up with?

Why not stick the biggest guy from each league in front of a pitching machine without a protective cup, crank it up to 80 MPH, and see who’s left standing the longest.  Because that makes about as much sense.

The all-star game has been in a steady decline, ever since the infamous tie in 2002, which prompted the commissioner to turn an otherwise entertaining night, into a pressure packed, no win situation for managers, that the players no longer want any part of.

And only the commissioner can fix it.

So Mr. Commissioner, can we please go back to the way it was? 

If you recall, it used to be pretty darn good!

 

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