• http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I don’t know what was worse, that retarded pregame ceremony or the American Idol rejects they brought in to sing the National Anthem and God Bless America. Where’s Kate Smith when you need her…

    Was I the only one who laughed when FOX’s little feature on David Ortiz mentioned that his favorite hobby was cooking?

  • rbizzler

    What’s wrong with Willy ridin’ in style?

    And I believe it was native San Franciscan Chris Isaak who sang the anthem. I was flipping channels during G.B.A. so I have no idea who sang that little ditty. I did get a chuckle out of Papi’s hobby (but not out of the Fox broadcast crew – except for Eric Byrnes who was hilarious).

  • http://mehmattski.blogspot.com mehmattski

    I watched and actually enjoyed the All-Star game. You could tell that the outcome did mean something to most of the people involved- in the ninth inning last night with the tying run on first, Derek Lee clearly did not check his swing on a third strike. But the ump said he didn’t go around, and Jim Leyland was livid.

    It was fun to see all of the young pitching talent on display, as well. Ichiro’s inside the park home run was exciting, as was Soriano’s three run homer in the ninth.

    I think the people who write off the All-Star game are really missing out.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Actually, the game was pretty decent. It had its boring middle innings when the non-All Star All Stars played but a good start and an exciting finish plus a relatively fast-paced game made for good baseball.

    The singers were Chris Isaak, an SF native, and Paula Cole who once sang about cowboys but now just looks like she ate a cowboy recently.

    As All Star games go, this one was not terrible.

  • mg

    Yeah, it wasn’t a bad one as All Star Games go. Pity that Pujols never got played. It worried me a lil seeing A-Rod steal that base too, but he seemed fine so whatever. The singing was terrible though and the broadcast was as bad as usual.

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    The game itself was pretty entertaining, but all the bells and whistles FOX added were horrible. Joe Buck & Tim McCarver were as unlistenable as ever, and who really cares about Eric Byrnes’ dog?

    Based loaded, bottom of the 9th, down by 1…how do you not pinch hit Pujols???

    Oh, and it was very kind of Leyland to yank his own catcher after 3 innings, then let Posada catch the rest of the game.

  • http://mehmattski.blogspot.com mehmattski

    mg- Imagine the controversy if A-Rod had tried to plow over Martin on the ensuing play at the plate…

  • mg

    Who would ever hit a guy during an all star game?


  • Mike K

    Is “I did not watch the All-Star Game” the hippest new phrase since the NBA season concluded and people didnt have a reason to say, “I didn’t watch a MINUTE of the NBA Finals!” anymore? There should be an ESPY award for these kind of things

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    What’s an NBA Finals?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

    Nah, Mike, it’s just a contrarian view. MLB hypes this thing up like it’s the World freakin’ Series, when it just amounts to an exhibition game.

    The game itself is fine, it’s the hype that kills it.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    You also missed Eric Byrnes’ dog. Hilarious.

  • mg

    Oh god. That was the worst crap. I was hoping it would just swim off into the sunset. That would have been entertaining at least. For a minute there it seemed like it was gonna.

  • John

    Yeah, mg. I was pissed about the catching situation too.
    The way the system is now they take two guys from every position. If the fans and players agree on the first choice they take the player’s second choice even if it’s a distant second who has no business in an All Star game (see Roberts, Brian).
    I think when the fans and players agree they ought to give that pick back to the coach so that they could carry more premium position players (I’m thinking 4 catchers, 12 pitchers, 9 of everybody else).

  • rbizzler

    Byrnes and his dog were hilarious. Obviously, they didn’t add much to the baseball aspect of the broadcast, but the entertainment value of crazy-ass Eric Byrnes was off the charts. Much better than listening to the other dolts from Fox (that means you Joe Buck) wax theoretical about the ‘nuances’ of the game.

    The game itself was well played and entertaining and LaRussa is an idiot for not pinch hitting Pujols.

  • KAnst

    John am I reading you right that you dont think Brian Roberts deserved to be in the all star game? Because he is the best second baseman in the AL statistically