2009 All-Star Game Thread

Damaso Marte lives! (Or at least rehabs)
2009 All Star Game Spillover Thread

2009 MLB All Star Game LogoLast night’s Homerun Derby was about as exciting as having your teeth pulled, so we can only hope tonight’s game is a bit more fun to watch. Last year’s 15-inning marathon was actually pretty entertaining, especially once Terry Francona and Clint Hurdle began to watch nervously as they tried to figure out what the hell they were going to do with the pitching staffs if the game kept going.

The American League has won every All-Star Game since 1996, save for that tie in Milwaukee a few years back. Looking over the rosters, it seems like we could be in for another AL win because of the quality and experience of the pitching and the depth on the bench. Remember, it’s the reserves that usually decide this thing. The starting position players get their two at-bats and hit the showers. And you know, this game decides home field advantage in the World Series. It’s dumb, but them’s the rules.

Unfortunately, Evan Longoria has an infected finger and can’t go tonight. He’s been replaced on the roster by Chone Figgins. For shame, Longoria was one of the few players I actually wanted to see. Anyway, here’s the starting lineups:

American League
1. Ichiro!, RF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Mark Teixeira, 1B
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. Josh Hamilton, CF
7. Michael Young, 3B
8. Aaron Hill, 2B
9. Roy Halladay, SP

National League
1. Hanley Ramirez, SS
2. Chase Utley, 2B
3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Ryan Braun, RF
5. Raul Ibanez, LF
6. David Wright, 3B
7. Shane Victorino, CF
8. Yadier Molina, C
9. Tim Lincecum, SP

I’m not saying he belongs in the game, but I’ll miss seeing A-Rod wear those funny white cleats. The game is supposed to start at 8pm, but you know first pitch won’t be until 8:20 at the earliest after the starting lineups and all the unnecessary bells and whistles that’ll be attached to this thing. Joe Buck and Tim McCarver have the call. Enjoy the game.

Graphic from Flickr user N i c o_

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2009 All Star Game Spillover Thread
  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Go American League.

    But, seriously, I’m just hoping the game keeps me awake.

    • VO

      Rooting for the National League is Un-American.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        ICWUDT

  • JimT

    I know that people on this blog obsess over having Yankees players represented and Red Sox players left off the All Star roster but having Arod on this team would be a travesty.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Well, even though I’ve got no problem with him being left off, there’s easily a legit argument to include him on the team.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Maybe not easily, but there’s an argument to be made.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          His numbers are better than Young’s.

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

            There ya go, then.

        • JimT

          A Yankee colored argument. If Arod played for any other team you would be outraged at the suggestion of his inclusion.

          No Manny, no Arod, Brian Roberts ect. and anyone else that is a proven PED user. Just keep them away.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

            Ryan Franklin was suspended in 2005 for PEDs. Not counting him, I guarantee there’s at least one player on each team tonight that has either used in the past or is using right now.

            • JimT

              I understand your point Mike, I’m not trying to be holier than thou its just what we do know about Arod and all of his denials doen’t sit well with me. Also, your contention about at least one player from either team is sadly right on. So in the end its not a Yankee or Yankee vs Red Sox issue I just want these guys to be accountable in some small way.

              Perhaps I’m holding him up to unfair standards but I just don’t want to see him and Manny at the All Star Game. Time for some new blodd and a new vision.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            If Arod played for any other team you would be outraged at the suggestion of his inclusion.

            No, I wouldn’t.

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

            No, I really wouldn’t. He’s got real, real good numbers, especially considering his “lack” of playing time this year. If Manny or Roberts or A-Rod were in there, I’d have absolutely no problem with it.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              That.

            • RAB poster

              If Maanny were there it would be ridiculous; sample size.

              Wakefield in the game is a travesty and an insult to Moose.

              • JimT

                How do you figure that?

                • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

                  Tim Wakefield has a 4.31 ERA and pretty crappy peripherals.

                • JimT

                  What does it have to do with Mussina? The guy is retired.

                • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

                  I don’t know, I just don’t think Wakefield should be there; taht’s the side of the argument I’m talking about.

                • RAB poster

                  Last year, Moose had better numbers. He had the same win, a lower ERA, and better peripherals.

                  He did not make the ASG despite dominating Francona’s Sox the day before the picks for pitcher were maade.

                  And now this joke of a pick is made for Wakefield?

                  Insulting and ridiculous.

                • JimT

                  You’ll have to take it up with Joe Madden, he made the choice. Besides its a lifetime achievemnt award. There is room for that sort of thing.

                • The Fallen Phoenix

                  What RAB poster said.

    • Ivan

      Really?

      His OPS+ is at 150.
      His OBP% is at .411
      His on pace to have another 30+ homer and 100 RBI season.

  • Ivan

    Well hopefully the AS game is at least watchable.

  • Riddering

    Last night was a great reminder of how little I dig the long ball. I’ll be so glad to see balls and strikes again, let alone singles, doubles, and triples.

    I was so bored I started calling the non-HR hits. “Popped-up!” “That’s a double at least.” And so on.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      The novelty wore off after the first batter, literally.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Axisa, I know you obsess over the DSL, what can you tell me about Yeicok Calderon. The man is mashing the ball.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      What a wonderful, wonderful name.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        +42

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      “New York signed Yeicok Calderon, a lefthanded-hitting left fielder/first baseman with some power and below-average speed.”

      If he’s already stuck at LF/1B, he better be able to hit.

      http://tinyurl.com/kjt4an

  • Ivan

    Did any body read the article on the Daily news today about A-Rod not being the top player in baseball and etc?

    I understand right now Pujols and Mauer has surpassed him, but they had players like Manny and ichiro over A-Rod. I was like are you kidding me? Ichiro?

    • RAB poster

      A-Rod is better than Ichiro, but Ichiro is a tremendous player. Don’t underrate him either.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Ichiro is overrated. He’s a glorified slap hitter. He hits for no power and doesn’t walk. His play in the field is stellar, I’ll admit, but at the plate he is overrated, IMO.

        • RAB poster

          I tend to disagree.

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

            Care to say why…?

            • RAB poster

              He has blazing speed and hits for a ridiculously high average, every year.

              I believe he also has over 3,000 hits.

              • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

                There’s more to hitting than batting average and speed.

                • RAB poster

                  Of course. But you can just as easily argue there’s more to hitting than power and OBP; now somebody tell Swisher.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Of course. But you can just as easily argue there’s more to hitting than power and OBP; now somebody tell Swisher.

                  http://www.instantrimshot.com

                • RAB poster

                  +10

  • yanke1313

    If Hamilton made it, A-rod should have.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Good point.

      Josh Hamilton in the All Star Game makes Ty Cobb want to bust out of hell and go stab some guys.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Maddon said Mo is his closer; I’m happy

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Why The Yankees Should Trade Jesus Montero

    http://thunderbaseball.wordpre.....s-montero/

    Sorry, I’m all for making a Halladay deal and would even include one of our young MLB pitchers, but Montero is my one and only untouchable. Its a position of depth, that should be something that can be worked around.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      I saw the article. I understand his points. I disagree and agree with you.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        But you don’t agree with me enough to call Kim Jones/Adam the Bullshitter and argue for our cause? Then what good is it, I ask you.

      • Ivan

        Yeah. Look anybody can be traded if ur a prospect especially for a elite player like Halladay.

        Nevertheless, the yanks have depth in the C position neither of those players have Montero ceiling. Not that close either. Romine has skills no doubt, but at least wit the bat, Montero beats him rather easily.

        Hitting prospects like Montero Don’t often especially if your the yanks.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          Most organizations put defense first at the Catching position, and would like Romine more than Montero if they need a catcher and think Jesus will wind up in LF/1B, as most scouts do. Could be a better fit.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Halfway through the article, Mashmore says:

      There are people reading this who wouldn’t trade Montero straight up for Halladay.

      There’s a word for those people. The word is “smart”.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        That’s insane. If Toronto offered Halladay for Montero straight up, the Yanks would absolutely take it. As good as Montero looks, he’s still a 19-yr old in AA with major questions about his defense.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

          Agreed. And I’m a huge Montero fan. But straight up you don’t even think about it.

          • RAB poster

            Unfortunately, I have to agree.

            But I hate admitting it and hope it doesn’t come to that.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          As good as Halladay looks, he’s still 32 years old and we still already have CC Sabathia and A.J Burnett already under contract and fronting our rotation and CMW, Pettitte, Joba, and Hughes as excellent options to fill out the back of our rotation.

          • Ivan

            Would the Blue Jays trade Halladay for Montero straight up?

            • RAB poster

              Doubt it very much.

          • RAB poster

            It’s more than that. Halladay has done more than looked good. He has dominated in a division containing the best lineups and hitters in the game and made them look silly consistently.

            If it comes to that, you have to do it.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            David Cone was 32 when we got him from Toronto. How did that work out?

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              We didn’t have to give up Jesus Montero to get David Cone.

              Would you have been in favor of giving up Derek jeter or Bernie Williams to get David Cone? That’s the level of hitting prospect that Montero is right now.

              • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

                I’ve already referred to Jesus as “my one and only untouchable” but that wasn’t in the context of a 1-1 deal. I’d have to do a straight up deal. We don’t know what Jesus will be as a MLB player, and if he winds up at 1B (as most scouts suspect) he will wind up blocked and being traded down the road anyway.

                In any case, my point was that being age 32 isn’t something that should hold us back.

                • RAB poster

                  I hope he keeps catching.

      • Ivan

        You have to make that deal. Montero for Halladay, gotta make that deal.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I’d trade him in the right deal. Realistically, will his stock ever be any higher than it is right now? Doubt it.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        So would I. The “right deal” would be for a stud, dominant, top-five guy at his position who’s 24-26 years old, like Hanley Ramirez, Felix Hernandez, Grady Sizemore, Joe Mauer, Justin Upton… you know, the guys who aren’t available in trades.

        The right deal would NOT be for a stud, dominant, top-five guy at his position who just turned 32 a couple of months ago. Because that’s 6-8 years of production we’re not going to get, because it’s gone.

        • Ivan

          You might have a point there.

        • RAB poster

          But Halladay is more than that. He dominates in the best division in baseball and is as close to a sure win as you’ll find in baseball. I think you can expect five or six years of reall, reasonable production from Halladay.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          That’s also 6-8 years of production that the odds say the Yankees are unlikely to get because he’s just 19, no matter how good he looks.

          Halladay for the next 1.5 yrs is as much as a sure thing as you can get.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I’m worried about more than just the next 1.5 years.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              I understand that. But you’re talking about one singular prospect for one of the two or three best pitchers on the planet when the team is build to win right now.

              • RAB poster

                I love Montero. I think he’s going to be one of the best players in the entire game. I think he has a chance of being the next Piazza. I have said that I think his ceiling (as in, in the absolute best case scenario) he’s as high as Pujols.

                But the fact is I have no idea how good he’ll be. I DO know how good Halladay will be. So in a straight up trade, and straight up is the only way I’d consider trading him, you do it.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                The team is built to win both now and later.

                The “We’re in Win Now Mode” meme is a paradox. We have to both damn the future for the present and damn the present for the future at the same time.

                • RAB poster

                  You’re right;if the trade is straight up we’re still in good shape because we have a ton of good catching prospects.

    • RAB poster

      You’re right. You don’t go NEAR Montero.

      • Steve in PDX

        What has he done in the majors? I would have to think anyone who has never seen action in a big league has to be available in the right deal. you never know, and assuming he’s the next big thing is well, dumb.

        • RAB poster

          I revised my position when I realized they were talking about a straight up deal.

        • RAB poster

          Not dumb. If you think that, you’re basically saying that rating prospects is essentially useless.

          • Steve in PDX

            Not useless, just very far from an exact science. Do we really need to run down the lists of monumental busts? Especially when you’re talking a guy who is 2 years away from being able to go out for a beer.

            • RAB poster

              You’re right, but he is still expected to be one of the best in the game. There are also some really high profile success stories.

      • RAB poster

        Unless it’s a straight up deal.

        I love Montero. His bat is going to be a special one. He will be a star.

        Probably.

        Halladay will definitely be a star.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          A star who has already passed the typical prime years of an MLB player.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

            A star who has already passed his typical prime years, but is still better than just about everyone.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            But not a power pitcher who tries to miss bats, so there’s no reason to think he can’t keep doing what he does for at least a few more years.

            He should also make AJ better, and maybe some other pitchers (Hughes) on the staff as well. His value goes even beyond his own performances, which are stellar.

            • Accent Shallow

              How useful is having a star on the pitching staff, really? If having a stud pitcher makes all your other pitchers better through his knowledge, wouldn’t Mo have helped the Yankees consistently have dominant bullpens?

              • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

                No, Mo’s a one pitch pitcher with insane control. I’m sure he can help guys out, but he’s so unusual himself.

                Halladay’s a fairly typical starter with a very advanced approach and off the charts work ethic. AJ raves about him, I’ll take his word for it.

                • Accent Shallow

                  But taking that to its logical extreme, wouldn’t any pitcher with an advanced approach (what is this, exactly?) and great work ethic be good to have on staff?

                  How many MLB pitchers have poor approaches and poor work ethic? Obviously having someone setting an example can help, but it’s not going to turn, say, Sergio Mitre into a number 2.

                  I’m just skeptical about how much Halladay’s presence would benefit the other pitchers, other than having him around to soak up innings. How is having him around better than having, say, CC around? Or having vintage Clemens/Mussina around? Or even late-career RJ?

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    You know, St. Louis has the only true baseball fans. Why are we all wasting our time? We’re all frauds.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      +1

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Hahahaha!

      Maybe if I can get an old lady to sit next to me and wear a silly red shirt, I’ll be a better fan.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Over/under: First pitch 9 PM

    • Jake H

      under 9 since I’m in central time.

  • pat

    In case anybody was wondering what the infamous Matt (expletive deleted) Bush was up to, this should about sum it up-

    http://withleather.uproxx.com/.....to-custody

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      EAST F$%#&IN COUNTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ivan

      Wow, just wow. Talk about falling apart.

  • Salty Buggah

    Mo got the modest ovation from the Al side

    • Salty Buggah

      Biggest not modest

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    I think that thing on the Ryan Franklin’s chin is self aware.

  • Accent Shallow

    In re: Jeter’s earlier comments, it’s nice to see the man say something of the non-platitude variety, especially when he’s so right.

    Now if we can just get him to come out against Interleague play . . .

  • pat

    Hahah ichiro greets jeter with a big “Whats up baby boy?”

  • Drew

    Just realized the pitchers are hitting.. Ugh

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      No they’re not, they’ll be pinch hit for.

      • Drew

        Good point.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Damn yo, Doc and Lincecum haven’t even started warming up yet.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Like I said. 9 PM.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I can’t decide whether the cuts in Molina’s hair are Dope, Fresh or Fly.

    • Salty Buggah

      Heh IETC

  • pollo

    Medchill just went deep. That’s 5 homeruns so far for SI. Kid is a beast!

  • JimT

    Is it just me or is J.P Riccardi overplaying his hand? I have a feeling that Toronto is going to come away with a good deal less than has been discussed for Halladay.

    To me the team with the greatest urgency and least leverage is the Toronto Blue Jays. I wouldn’t be the least bit supprised if Toronto came away with nothing more than one top prospect and one mid level prospect. Afterall, they are the ones who have to lessen the salary load.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      I have a feeling that Toronto is going to come away with a good deal less than has been discussed for Halladay.

      Kinda like what happened w/Minnesota and Johan? I don’t know, I feel like Toronto will get more because it’s in-season and teams may be desperate for that last little push to make the playoffs/win the WS.

      • JimT

        You may be right Matt. The other side of the aurgument is that teams, even larger market teams seem cautious about taking on additional salary.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          True, true. But I think some of these teams will want that last push to make the WS before either blowing it up or just not being able to afford compete after the next year or two.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      If they get Wood, Reckling, and something else from the Angels, that would be a nice haul. I’d still try and buy low on Ervin Santana. That threesome has ridiculous upside.

      • JimT

        I guess the unanswered question is “Will J.P Riccardi be an astute judge of baseball talent and value?” Recent history says otherwise.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Good point. He’ll probably just ask for Maicer Izturis and Reggie Willits and call it a day.

          Either that, or ask for Gary Matthews Jr. straight up so he can add him to Vernon Wells and Alex Rios and assemble the single most overpaid outfield in baseball history.

          • JimT

            Good point. Who plays center, could be a real ego mess.

    • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      “To me the team with the greatest urgency and least leverage is the Toronto Blue Jays. I wouldn’t be the least bit supprised if Toronto came away with nothing more than one top prospect and one mid level prospect. Afterall, they are the ones who have to lessen the salary load.”

      I would be surprised with that haul, since it’s not much better than just taking the compensatory draft picks when Halladay turns down arbitration. I don’t think they have to lessen their payroll quite so urgently that they’d take that kind of deal.

      • JimT

        Who realy knows. I just can’t get away from this feeling that too much of this is J.P. Riccardi looking for attention. That by playing up the media attention and becoming the center of sports talk shows from Chicago to St Louis to Boston to Philly and New York he somehow becomes some baseball mastermind.

        I just don’t think that this going to end well for Toronto Blue Jay fans, all 2,500 of them.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Good thing they have all that free healthcare up there.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      “Is it just me or is J.P Riccardi overplaying his hand?”

      I don’t think so. It’s still 2 weeks before the deadline, so he can keep the price high for now. But I have no doubt he noticed what happened to Bill Smith and doesn’t want to repeat it.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Jimmy Carter does not look good.

    • Accent Shallow

      Jimmy Carter?! He’s history’s greatest monster!

  • Salty Buggah

    Tex owes us fans dinner, I doubt he would have made it if it wasn’t for us. Not saying he isn’t good because he is but not many would have voted for him if wasnt a Yankee , unless he’s a Sox.

    I don’t care about a stinkin dinner, give me a championship and I’m happy.

  • Kyle R

    I’ll raise your 8:20 and say 8:30.

    • Mike Pop

      8:36

    • RAB poster

      8:43

      • RAB poster

        I lost. :-(

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Man, I watch something like this and then I realize I’ve done utterly nothing with my life…

    • RAB poster

      Ugh, don’t remind me.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      +a whole heap

    • Kyle R

      I died a little inside.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Now that’s not very optimistic. Or Prime, for that matter.

  • Little Bill

    Just start the damn game. It’s going to take 20 minutes to sing the anthem, commercial, 10 minutes for Obama to walk out and throw the first pitch, commercial, Buck and McCarver 15 minute “This time it counts” preview, commercial, game finally begins at 8:30 PM CT.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Who else thinks the new comedy with Michael Strahan will run for about 12-14 years and become one of the most beloved TV shows ever?

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD
      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Beuller? Beuller?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I bet it “sacks” the competition.

      Eh? Eh?

      • RAB poster

        -1

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      That TV show is gonna make House Party look like House Party 2!

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Or House Party 3!

        • Jose

          Get this, they made a House Party 4. Where is your God now?!?!

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

            In Saint Louis, hopefully closing the game out for the AL.

          • Ivan

            I knew that. With Marquis Houston and Meagan Good.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              That makes the information that House Party 4 was made even scarier.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Or House Party 3!

          Shut the $%&# up!

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

            That’s at least the second time we’ve done that routine.

            And in no way is that depressing.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              You went to film school, didn’t you?

              • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

                Taste the coffee. It got boogers in it?

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      “Gap in my teeth” jokes can just go on indefinitely.

      Or not.

    • RAB poster

      I do! I do!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I’m betting they just secured the rights to L.L. Cool J’s old “In the House” sitcom and decided to plug Strahan into it. Same diff.

      I’m sure Maia Campbell is still available.
      http://i20.tinypic.com/1z6ee74.jpg

      • Ivan

        Wow 1997 was a long time ago.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Apparently so.

          It’s been so long, Maia Campbell isn’t available, because I guess she’s hooked on crack now?

          http://hiphop.popcrunch.com/ma.....ack-whore/

  • Nikhil R.

    Start the damn game already.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Sheryl Crow wouldn’t win American Idol

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      But she won Lance Armstrong’s heart.

      For about a week or two.

  • Jose

    A B-2 bomber?? Why don’t they just have a giant fire pit in center field for wads of $100 bills?

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      That’s St. Louis Dammit!!! Nothing flashy like a fighter jet, but a workhorse. They just get the damn job done, by god. Middle America is the salt of the earth. But you sissy East Coast fans wouldn’t know anything about that.

      • Accent Shallow

        Stealth isn’t flashy?

        I guess by definition, it isn’t.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    New season of House == Cannot wait!

  • Salty Buggah

    I’m stoked to see Winnie the Pujols against Doc.

  • YankeeScribe

    The absence of Mark McGwire is quite telling but not shocking

  • Drew

    That golfcart is so legit.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Definitely.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Joe: STFU. Let him roll in.

  • YankeeScribe

    President Cool

  • Drew

    Great camera work fox. All the hype about will he bounce it and we cant even see.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      +42 (again)

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    That fist pump was totally a shot at Jeter.

  • Jake H

    Fox sucks. Couldn’t see how good the pitch was.

  • Kyle R

    I’ll raise your 8:20 with *8:45

  • VO

    Bush league fist pump Obama, that man does not belong in the major le…..

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Jorge would be displeased.

  • Jose

    “It will be a pitching derby”

    My head just exploded.

  • Little Bill

    Better take another commercial. They should get rid of the actual game and just have the introductions.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    I didn’t think it was possible for me to get sick of hearing how great Albert Pujols is.

    But gosh-darn-it Mccarver and Buck are going to do their best to make me puke.

  • Salty Buggah

    No pregame ceremony, HR Derby, and the ASG game itself will compare to the one at old YS last year anytime soon.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    It is scary how close to my 9 PM we are…

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Doesn’t Lincecum have to take off that bracelet on his wrist?

    • Jose

      The rules are different in All-Star games. For example, if a runner is attempting to steal and the ball beats him to the bag, he is out. He does not need to be tagged.

      At least that is what Marty Foster told me.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Electricity.

        This time, it counts.

  • Drew

    Jete’s will get his signature hit off a Timmy fastball.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      GIDP.

      Book it.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Anyone know a site where I can check to see what Toronto’s year over year attendance figures are?

    I want to get a sense how motivated they are.

    • Mike Pop

      You’re all for Halladay?

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Hey Mike! Long time.

        Yeah, if you’ve seen any of my comments here or my posts at TYU, I’m all in.

        http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/?author=9

        • Mike Pop

          Ya, man. Been busy, miss RAB though ;( . But here it goes:

          Hmm, I’m real on the fence about it. I think of a Halladay, CC, and A.J. as the top 3 and get real excited. If Wang can come back to norm and Pettitte does anything at all it makes a helluva rotation.

          I’m not ready to see Joba or Phil go just yet though. When they turn 27-28, Halladay seems to be declining even worse(even though he’ll probably put up solid numbers). I see the time frame to win as every year for the Yankees, not just the next 3. I mean, if they could deal for Halladay and sign him for 4 more years I’d be stoked about him . Having the best pitcher in baseball would be awesome but do we want to sacrifice 1 of 2 of our future studs for this guy? I wish they had 3 real studs like Joba and Phil so one could be that much easier to part with.

          I don’t know if it’s such a good deal as it seems to the first look.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            I would agree for almost any other pitcher, but Halladay is SO special.

            • Mike Pop

              Funny thing would be how the media would still say the Sox have a better postseason rotation.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Forget it

      http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/attendance

      Toronto is 26th out of 30 teams, and down about 20% from last year.

      They’re motivated.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Did you include the exchange rate? One Toronto fan is worth like 0.895 American fans.

        • Mike Pop

          golf clap.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          Hahahahah!

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        OK just dug up their 08/09 Payrolls, and it turns out that they slashed payroll from 98 mil in 2008 to 80 mil in 2009. So that’s down 20% as well.

        Maybe they’re not so desperate after all.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Bunt Jeter!

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      I expect a Jeterian GIDP.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    So is it more “resurgence” from Jeter or is it more the fact that his hand isn’t injured?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    ZOMG Lincecum is only throwing teh 91!

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      To the 8th. He’ll throw 101 every pitch.

  • Drew

    Who “dubbed” YSIII the best hitter’s park?

  • Ivan

    STFU Joe about YS2.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    LOOK OUT.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Oh sweet Jesus…

  • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    (I glanced through the comments but didn’t see anything on this topic, forgive me if I missed something.)

    But I wonder if the entire MSM is going to cry its eyes out about St. Louis fans booing Cubs, Mets, Jeter/Tex and Bay.

    … My bad, I forgot St. Louis is baseball heaven with the bestest fans in the world. (Making wanking motion with hand.)

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    OH SHIT BENCHES CLEARING BRAWL!!!!!

    Seriously, wouldn’t a huge fight totally spice the ASG up? It counts this time, after all.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      It would make it one trillion percent awesome.

  • Salty Buggah

    Jeter better be ok Timmy!!!!

    Oh and they got their first bandbox reference in already

  • Mike Pop

    Damn, yo. Be careful Timmy.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Oh holy Jesus Montero Timmyboy, you don’t hit Jeter!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I want Halladay to throw it 96 mph right at HanRam’s head. Clemens vs. Piazza style.

      We take beanballs serious around here, buddy. This time, it counts.

      • Jose

        From now on, when sliding into bases their spikes better be up.

  • yanke1313

    But really where is Timmy’s velocity?

  • Drew

    Those damn Molina brothers.

  • Ivan

    Nice Confro by Lincecum and Mauer.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Hey look! Yankees scorin’ runs for the AL!

    • Mike Pop

      They’re going to need home field advantage for the World Series.

      It is a park that helps them after all.

  • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Ha. Suck it, St. Louis.

  • Little Bill

    lol, hometown hero.

  • Salty Buggah

    Pujols choke…

    • Pasqua

      Pujols to the ‘pen! He’s got no heart. No grit. Can’t perform on a big stage!

      • Mike Pop

        He’s a thrower.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        If Pujols was a utility infielder instead of a starting first baseman, he’d be able to hit 500 ft homers instead of just 380 foot ones.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Jeter is pure hustle.

    • VO

      Pedroia would have scored….twice.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Running backwards.

        • VO

          On his hands.

      • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Careful… JimT lurks… Angrily…

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Since May 1, Jason Bay has batted .242/.343/.496. Now, that’s definitely not bad, but the way everyone’s been on Bay’s jock this year you’d think he was hitting .343/.422/.649 or something.

    • Drew

      ICWUDT

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        I thought that was pretty clever.

        • Mike Pop

          Is it fun when you’re the only guy laughing at your own jokes? Like when you’re in public and everything?

  • Jose

    Wait, is the NL team comprised of the Mets defense?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    My word, Hamilton slid into first in the All Star Game.

    • Pasqua

      Practically Eckstein-ian.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      He just loves the game so much, Mike. You’ve got to respect that. And he came back from such hardships. You know he blew his bonus money on drugs, right?

  • Ivan

    Is the AL that much better than the NL.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Take the Rangers players out of Arlington, and they make outs at a phenomenal rate.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    In the words of my brother, the entire NL team “caught the Mets disease”

  • Salty Buggah

    Bay leads the AL with 72 RBIs…A-rod has 50 in one less month including almost a 2 week long slump and is still not at full strength

    • Drew

      So what you’re saying is:
      Al>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Bay

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      And Michael Young, the AL third baseman “better” than him, is hitting .341/.408/.480 at home but only .273/.313/.497 on the road.

      • Ivan

        His Home/Road splits are quite stark no doubt.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          You think that’s fun… go take a look at Ian Kinsler sometime.

          He may be the most overrated player in baseball, now that the bloom is off Matt Holliday’s rose.

          • BklynJT

            I completely agree. For some time now, I thought I may have been the only person to notice those splits since everyone has been so infatuated with him.

  • Mike Pop

    Losing Longoria was a “big” hit to the A.L. This game counts after all..

    • Ivan

      A-Rod not being on this team is just as crucial.

      I mean if you ask A-Rod, do you wanna play in the AS game when homefield counts or just have sex all fuckin day with Kate Hudson. We all know what A-Rod decision is.

  • Pasqua

    Do you think FOX executives are happy that Joe Buck is whining that the NL is “digging itself a big hole” by being down 2 in the FIRST inning?

    “Ahh, screw it, folks. Make it 13 in a row for that league with the DH. There’s probably a CSI re-run on CBS.”

    • Mike Pop

      Haha. “Well, you can tune into one of the many HBO channels and look for The Joe Buck Show. Sundays at 8 eastern time.”

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        The Joe Buck show was the worst idea since Greedo shooting first.

  • Prez

    Anyone know if Obama threw a strike? I didn’t see a plate view.

    • Jose

      It’s one of those things that is lost in history, no one will ever know. The fans were instructed to cheer no matter what. It’s all a conspiracy.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      AL = Can play defense.

    • Little Bill

      Nobody knows. The liberal media wouldn’t show it.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        OMG WHAT IS OBAMA DOING WASTING TIME WITH SPORTS WHILE THE COUNTRY IS GOING DOWN THE ECONOMIC TUBES!?!?!??!

        • Jose

          Wake up Sheeple!!!!

      • Thomas

        Except that the game is on the conservative channel, Fox.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Meh, FOX and Fox News aren’t the same thing.

          The only really “conservative” show on FOX is “24”. Everything else is pretty solidly left of center.

          • Thomas

            True, but Buck and McCarver seem pretty conservative, since some many things seem to be ruining baseball and our country’s integrity.

            • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Ugh. Let’s not even tempt people to discuss such topics tonight, k? It’s been a pleasant surprise that the trolls haven’t come out to play, with Obama playing such a prominent role in the evening.

              • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

                Amen.

      • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Liberal media = FOX?

        You just blew my mind.

    • Thomas

      He seemed pretty happy when he threw bush league fist pump, so I am going to guess it was a strike.

    • Thomas A. Anderson

      For those of you that didn’t see it, let me let you in on the secret.

      Since I have a decided lack of TV right now, I am watching the game online through an ESPN TV affiliate based in Hong Kong, China.

      Since they arent run by a bunch of Arch Conservatives (LOL StL ARCH, RED STATE, DOUBLE PUN, CWUTIDIDTHAR?) they showed Obama’s pitch.

      Obama lolipoped it in there a bit, but it got to the plate and Albert Pujols made a scoop catch to get it. Obama went with a delivery off of the mound reminiscent of El Duque with a high leg kick.

      At least he didn’t bounce it. No politician since Clinton has swagga like him.

      • Prez

        If anyone has a video link to the plate view that would rock.

  • Eirias

    The Home Run Derby was very easy to watch online.

    Is there an actual game-type feed available, or are we restricted to the myriad of raw camera angles that FOX provides?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      If there is a feed we don’t post it here.

      • Eirias

        I wasn’t asking for links.

  • Pasqua

    Michael Young didn’t get the memo.

  • Drew

    This is pathetic.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    The only thing more boring than watching pitchers hit:

    Watching pitchers hit in the All Star Game.

  • Drew

    Lol, Lincecum is a bitch, throw the heater to Halladay.

  • Salty Buggah

    you know what would make this game better? A Mariano pinch-hit AB then he goes in to close it out.

  • Ivan

    Lincecum is facing legit hitters for the first time.

  • Ivan

    It would be funny if Barack being a sox fan said:

    “Hey guys, who would of thought that a black guy like me would be president before the Cubs win a WS”

    • Thomas

      Obama is half-black, it’s not the same.

      /Sheff’d

      • Ivan

        IETC.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        (golf clap)

        Seriously, though, Obama’s included in the Wikipedia blurb about Irish-American Presidents.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I.....sh_descent

    • Trevor

      LMAO

  • Ivan

    You notice as Barack got the Nationals, he tried his very best not to say they suck. Tryin to be politically correct lol.

  • Mike Pop

    Man, I would never give up anything good for Halladay now!!!!

    /knee-jerk reactionist

    • Teix is the Man

      Haha, but seriously, it would be hard to part with Hughes, Joba, or Montero.

      • Mike Pop

        I’m right there with you. I really don’t want the Yankees to give up any of them. I hope he goes to Philly.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      I guarantee you people will say, with a straight face, that the Yankees shouldn’t trade for Halladay since he gave up 3 runs in a “big game.”

      • Mike Pop

        Oh, no doubt.

        Something like:

        I don’t want him because he’s shown he wouldn’t be able to handle the rivalry or the big lights of October.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          Yep, exactly.

          • Mike Pop

            Dude can’t even handle the media after he struggles in a big game. Pathetic, yo. Pretends to talk.

      • Jake in da Bx.

        Halladay is showing that he can’t handle the big stage. Buyer beware.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Put Rivera in.

  • Jose

    Why would any team want to trade for Halladay? He just isn’t a gamer when it counts.

    • Jake in da Bx.

      Facts are facts. He is struggling on the big stage.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Halladay is a BUST!!

    That should lower his price down a bit. I say we offer Tomko, Edwar, and a Bagel to the Jays.

    • Mike Pop

      Just offer Pena and (drumroll with my pinkie to my lip) 100 million dollars.

      • Thomas

        Actually, it is one million dollars or one hundred billion dollars.

        • Mike Pop

          Damn. Haven’t seen that movie in so long.

      • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Ummm… I like it. A lot. I lol’d. Is that a running joke lately? I haven’t been around much lately.

        It’s definitely better than “offer IPK/Melky/poop on a stick/DeAngelo Jimenez.” Talk about a joke that’s been beaten into the ground.

  • ashley

    is it me or has halladay not been the same since his injury? i know in a few of his starts back besides against tghe yankees where he gave up 5, he only gave up 2 or 3 runs but for halladay that is alot.

    halladay is nice to have but don’t if i would want to part with hughes or joba

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      That’s the rub. You can’t get Halladay without giving up at least one of Hughes or Joba.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      I have been wondering the same thing. The trade rumors seemed to really get going right after he came off the DL. You wonder if they know something.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Here’s his game log.

        http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....yerId=3973

        Only two starts since coming off the DL, so its too soon to tell.

      • Mike Pop

        Kinda like the Twins did with Johan? That, he’s declining?

      • Zach

        eh, it was a groin injury, not a stiff elbow/shoulder hes coming back from. maybe its mental right now and he doesnt want to ‘push it’ but like its been said its only been 2 starts so not alot to go by

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Sound fail.

  • Teix is the Man

    There goes Teix’s All-Star Game MVP =)

  • Mike Pop

    If everyone worked as fast as Mark on the mound, it’d be a much better game.

  • Thomas

    Teixeira showing Pujols how you play first.

    • Mike Pop

      Now if Pujols could teach Mark how to hit like him. You would have an ULTIMATE warrior.

  • Salty Buggah

    I bet Pujols wanted to make up for that error…nice play Tex

  • http://anewfrontier.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    Can’t believe I have to miss the All-Star game!

    But I see Obama rocked the jeans…nicee

  • Dela G

    man tex looks great out there on defense

  • Marcus

    Hmm, I just noticed Josh Hamilton’s stats this year…

    I know I’m a little late to the All Star pick criticism game, but: wha?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I think the only guys from Texas or Colorado who have been legit All-Stars over the past 10-15 years are ARod, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, and Larry Walker.

      Everyone else is a myth of park effects.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Ooops, forgot Mark Teixeira.

        Tex, ARod, Juan Gone, Pudge, and the Happy Hockey Player. That’s it.

      • Mike Pop

        But, J-Hams hit 28 home runs in the HR Derby at the true Yankee Stadium!!!!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    I never thought I’d hear David Wright say “holla.”

  • Cokie

    Got to trade for Buehrle

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Dan Haren should’ve started this game.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Haren and Grienke.

  • Teix is the Man

    If I could build a rotation around one guy, it would be Haren.

    • Mike Pop

      Give me the man who started for the NL.

      • Teix is the Man

        Yeah, you can’t go wrong either way. I just can’t believe opponenets are hitting .199 off Haren.

  • Jose

    Buehrle has been so underrated in his career.