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Midseason Classic?

Can't say that was the most entertaining All-Star Game I've ever watched, but at least future Oriole Prince Fielder had a big night. The thing that stood out for me was the number of very good and very bad defensive plays.

Jose Bautista's catch was a true Web Gem. Matt Wieters' passed ball wasn't pretty, but I'm fairly sure he got crossed up, since he went to the wrong knee on the pitch and couldn't cross over to reach the ball. Oh well, I'm sure he had a great time anyway and he'll have a lot more chances to make a big All-Star impression.

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Here's a prediction: The Phillies will win the World Series because they sent their best starters to this game while C.C. Sabathia and several other top A.L. pitchers did not post. There's probably a lesson in there somewhere, but it just reminds me that the sports' championship series should not be impacted by the sport's highly commercialized midseason exhibition game.


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