This Thing Counts…

I’m back! I know you were all worried sick about my recent disappearance, but rest assured, I’m not going anywhere. Between the holiday last week and things picking up at work I just didn’t have the time or energy to post anything last week, or yesterday.

Moving on…

Tonight is the All-Star game. Admittedly, I love the All-Star game. It’s the best out of all the major sports all-star games mainly because the players actually play the same game and they try. We don’t end up seeing the game degenerate into a an alley oop fest/And 1 mix tape or two and touch football. It is what it’s always been and will continue to be. It’s enjoyable if your 8 years old or 48 years old.

However, there’s one thing about the MLB All-Star game that really takes fans from zero to livid. That would be the fact that “this game counts.” As in, this game counts because it determines which league will have home field advantage in the World Series.

Why!?!? How does that make any logical sense whatsoever? All because the teams played to a tie a few years ago that was cause enough to tack on this ridiculous stipulation? Bud Selig still thinks the change was brilliant. Personally, I feel like it’s stupid and I’m not alone in that sentiment. Here’s why.

1. The starting lineups are determined via a fan vote. Sure the fans usually get these things right, but every so often a certain fan base gets a little to overzealous and elects all of their players into starting spots whether they deserve it or not. This year it was the Rangers and Giants fans who fell into this distinction. Mike Napoli, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, and Adrian Beltre are good players, but shouldn’t be starting. You could even argue that Napoli didn’t deserve to make the team at all.

2.The starters are taken out of the game long before it’s even decided. They play maybe 4 or 5 innings and then are lifted for the bench players. Call me crazy, but I feel like if a game is going to determine who has home field advantage for the championship, I want it to be decided the best players on the team. Instead, where game 7 of the World Series is played will be determined by the token Padre versus the token Royal. Awesome.

3.Every team is represented, which I love. It makes every team and every market feels involved. I don’t think that should ever be changed. But… when you’re picking someone just because you have to, why should they play a part in determining the location of game 7? Odds are those players are sitting in last place and have no real stake in this, so again… why should they be out there?

4. The All-Star game is an exhibition showcase of baseball’s best players. How then can you make an exhibition game count for something? Isn’t the point of an exhibition game for it not to count for anything to anyone? Bud Selig wants it to be a fun and exciting event but then wants to add weight and importance to it. You can’t have it both ways. Should the NFL start using their exhibition games to determine tie breakers for draft positions? That’s laughable, yet that’s what MLB is doing. Either make it a meaningless exhibition game that’s played for fun or treat it like a real game where starters play nine innings and the fans don’t vote for the starting line ups.


…and scene.

Basically what I’m saying is that there is no reason for the All-Star game to mean anything more than a good time for the fans. Why let one tie dictate a complete change. It was a classic overreaction by a commissioner trying to make everyone happy for reasons only know to himself. Meanwhile, we still don’t have an actual replay system in place and umpires continue to show up players, managers, coaches and even hot dog vendors.

Glad to see Bud Selig has his priorities in order.


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