2012 All-Star Game Open Thread


The Yankees have World Series aspirations every year, which is why the All-Star Game should be a bit more than a midseason exhibition to them and their fans. Home field advantage in the World Series is on the line, and it sure is nice to kick off the Fall Classic at home rather than on the road. The 2009 Yankees had home field advantage against the Phillies thanks to one of their own, just not at the time. Curtis Granderson, then with the Tigers, tripled off Heath Bell in the eighth inning before coming in to score the go-ahead and game-winning run on Adam Jones’ sacrifice fly. Mariano Rivera then nailed it down with a perfect inning for his record fourth All-Star save.

Four Yankees were selected to this year’s game but only three will play since CC Sabathia is currently on the DL with his groin strain. The other three are all in the starting lineup…

National League (roster)
DH Carlos Gonzalez
CF Melky Cabrera
LF Ryan Braun
1B Joey Votto
RF Carlos Beltran
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
2B Dan Uggla
SS Rafael Furcal

RHP Matt Cain

American League (roster)
SS Derek Jeter
2B Robinson Cano
LF Josh Hamilton
RF Jose Bautista
1B Prince Fielder
3B Adrian Beltre
DH David Ortiz
C Mike Napoli
CF Curtis Granderson

RHP Justin Verlander

The broadcast starts at 7:30pm ET and can be seen on FOX, though that’s just the introductions and stuff. The game itself probably won’t start until 8-8:15 or so. Talk about that or anything else you’d like here, it’s all fair game.

Site News: We’re happy to announce that we’ve added a new writer, someone you’re probably familiar with already. His name is Eric Schultz, and you’ve seen him at The Yankee Analysts (archive) and the now defunct Pending Pinstripes. You can follow Eric on Twitter at @Eric_J_S. Welcome him aboard.


  1. yooboo says:

    Damn.. I really thought Justin Verlander is already married. This teen bombshell? Damn..

    Bud Selig pondered about requiring a slugger from the All Star hosting team for HR derby. umm!!

    My suggestion is

    Adding a hosting team slugger to 10 contestants if he is not one of top 5 hitters(within league) in home run.

    Sticking with 10 contestants if a hosting team slugger is one of top 5 hitters (within league) in home run. He automatically is invited and a captain will need to pick 3 hitters to fill out his squad.

  2. 28 in 2012 says:

    Site News: We’re happy to announce that we’ve added a new app engineer, someone you’re probably not familiar with already. This individual has completed the RAB IPhone app development, the app will be released at the start of the second half of the season. For all you RAbies who like to read our blogs on your mobile phone, hooray! We understood that the current mobile RAB is garbage and wanted to give this gift to our readers.

    Oh, wishful thinking…

    • Knoxvillain says:

      I don’t use the internet for my cell phone, so it wouldn’t matter much to me. But if I did have one thing to choose on this site to be improved, it would be the comment section. I really hate having to refresh the page to see comments that are replying to me. An e-mail would linking right to the comment would be great, or even something similar to what YouTube has.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Did I hear “full retina display for IPads?”

  3. Ron Jeremys brother Rick says:

    Oh I hope IT dont fall off


    Lets go AL! Lets get this homefield! I’m picking Granderson for M.V.P..

  5. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Pondering whether to watch.

  6. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Welcome, Eric. I look forward to reading your posts and apologize in advance for the some of the riffraff you’re bound to encounter. Plouffe, for example…

  7. Hall and Nokes says:

    Why did Wash break up Jeter and Granderson? Tinkerer.

    • Pat D says:

      His lineup is most Lefty/Righty alternating. That’s the only thing I can think of. I mean, why else would you hit Beltre before Ortiz and Napoli in front of Granderson? Why would you hit a guy with 20+ home runs 9th?

  8. Mike N says:

    Melky has got the biggest cheer so far through fifth in the order.

  9. oldmanalex says:

    so did melky get his shit together and is ACTUALLY good, or is this year an aberration?

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      He’s actually good AND some of this is contract year stuff.

      • Pat D says:

        Doesn’t he also have an insanely high BABIP?

      • oldmanalex says:

        im not sure how that contract year stuff works. I cant see how a player performances at such a high level for 162 games, just because he wants to get paid. But then again, most of baseball is mental. I wish someone would just do a contract year research study …

  10. Erica says:

    CHRIST, KC fans are so flippin’ pathetic.

  11. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    They should have starters play 5innings, and then start the backup train.. I mean, that way its really a honor being a starter, and u have a bigger impact then the subs do on the game..

  12. Greg says:

    Jeter and Grandy got no boos. Sabathia was minimally booed. Cano got the most, but it was less than yeaterday

    • Erica says:

      I’m always happy when my boyfriend calls, but I was never happier than yesterday when he called as Robbie was going up to bat so I could put the TV on mute. Hearing that must have just SUCKED.

  13. Pat D says:

    You know it’s funny. So many KC fans swore to me on those ESPN comments last night that the reason they booed Cano is because he “promised” to take a Royal and then he didn’t. So he lied, and apparently lying is FORBIDDEN in Kansas City.

    So, just to run through history here, lying is not permitted in Kansas City, but, for years, Jesse James was allowed to do whatever he wanted.

    Things to ponder.

    • Erica says:

      Lying must be one of those things that was illegal in, like, the 1800s and only brought up for trivia night or something.

      Good lawd.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Which is funny since, if I lived in Kansas City, I’d probably lie about where I live.

  14. Brian S. says:

    I hope Billy Butler gets hit in his stupid face.

  15. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i don’t get why royals fans are booing cano, don’t they know that he can help them secure home field advantage if they get to the world series?!?!

  16. Cy Pettitte says:

    I can’t believe they are still butthurt about Cano not choosing Butler. MLB told Cano to pick a team of 4 people including himself that would have the best shot at hitting more HRs than the NL team and that’s what he did. Not picking Butler isn’t an egregious snub, he’s not some prolific HR hitter. It’s not like Cano didn’t pick Bautista and the ASG was in Toronto

    • Greg says:

      The issue seems to be that Cano said to some media that he would take a Royal and he didn’t.

      • Cy Pettitte says:

        from what I heard he said something to the effect of I’ll look into choosing a Royal because it would be nice to have a Royal in the derby. I’m sure he looked the Royals roster and saw their all star has a single season career high of 21 HRs and thought there were better choices.

        I mean who are they taking out to put in Butler? Trumbo, Bautista and Fielder were all awesome.

  17. Josh says:

    Welcome, Eric Schultz!!

  18. Chris says:

    I can’t wait for KC to come into Yankee stadium. I for one will start chanting “over rated” each time Butler comes to bat.

  19. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    So, start guessing ur MVP perdicitons guys? I’m going Curtis Grandeerson as my main pick..

    I’ll go one Hon Mention- Trout

  20. oldmanalex says:

    btw, anyone here from Chicago? I just moved to this wonderful city but unfortunately its been a bit tough for me to meet people and enjoy the city. I live so close to Wrigley, would love to check it out if I had a group.

  21. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Yup hicks booed Cano like he was a criminal. Wonder if they boo his at bats.

  22. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    lets end this minor losing streak AL! Make ur imprint felt yanks!

  23. Greg says:

    Say it with me…


  24. flamingo says:

    Buck and McCarver.


  25. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    got a feeling Grandy Man is going Deep tonight! Call it a hunch, but just got a feeling hes gonna be the MVP tonight..

  26. Ethan says:

    is ESPN airing the ASG? They’re talking football now… wtf

  27. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Really ugly unforms. Wtf the powder blues were bad enough in the late 70s and 80s. Baseball pajama party in KC.

  28. Erica says:

    How bad is Joe Buck missing Troy Aikman right now?

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I don’t know, but he did refer to the players as “hot.” Guess he’s not missing Troy that much.

  29. oldmanalex says:

    what if… just what if, this is jeter’s last ALL star game. What if he falls off a cliff athletically? (although I think his sheer star power would get him in, but it’s still getting competitive)

  30. Kramerica Industries says:

    Loving Melky’s orange cleats.

  31. CBean says:

    No MVP for Verlander.

  32. Bartolo's Colon says:

    way to go verlander

  33. Erica says:

    So do we think Ryan Braun definitely took ‘roids or what was the general opinion on that?

    • Will The Thrill says:

      I think he definitely took something. Your testosterone levels don’t just spike to super human levels out of nowhere.

      • Tom says:

        You also don’t find artificial metabolites either. Theses substances don’t spontaneously generate in urine at room temperature. He failed 2 different types of tests.

        The problem I think is people still have the perception of the ’90s steroid where you are cycling on and off weeks at a time. Some of todays steroids are more about maintaining performance as opposed to boosting performance

        (which is why the argument that Braun’s #’s look similar to last years #’s so that must lend credence to him being vindicated is I think a hollow one)

      • oldmanalex says:

        from the articles I’ve read regarding his actual test, His testosterone levels were unusually high and there were traces of medication, which is assumed to be the causative agent for those levels. In an ideal situation, that kind of testosterone levels (via taking a prescribed medication) are found in patients with serious genetic disorders (klinefelters being one of them) and patients that are eldery and have some serious erectile dysfunctions. With that being said, I don’t think Braun falls in either case.

        (2nd year med school student- would source my textbooks if i could)

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        They do when I turn into Hulk Tilapia.

        • oldmanalex says:

          btw klinefelters is a genetic condition where a baby is born a genetic male, but carries an extra female chromosome. This female chromosome goes onto suppress their male physiology and physical traits as they inch towards puberty. Testosterone therapy is administered to in a sense suppress the female qualities and bring out the masculinization of the genetic boy.

          Clearly not RYAN BRAUN

          • JohnnyC says:

            BTW, is your wife jealous of all the young, nubile nurses you’ll be working with? Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, Al. Just to avoid that you should probably take her out for a nice dinner more often. Show her some more attention. At the very least it’ll distract her.

  34. Tom says:

    Washington should have used LaRussa logic and started Phil Humbert (he did throw a perfect game you know)

  35. oldmanalex says:

    i thought buck was gonna say ” from MVP to PEDz”.. when he was talking about braun. that would of been hillarious.

  36. Kramerica Industries says:

    Verlander’s worst inning, seemingly, is always the first inning.

  37. Will The Thrill says:

    Verlander struggling against good offenses. What else is new?

  38. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    its funny becasue there pretty much is no way Verlander should be starting over David Price and this is what people get for going with a guy not based on just the first half of this season.. Verlander has been alot more hittable(still really good) then last yr, and Price has been brilliant…

  39. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Verlander not his best stuff

  40. flamingo says:

    The gun in KC is the one that’s a little hot, right?

  41. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Come on verlander, get outta this freaking inning! its hard to score in these games, and we can’t afford to get behind by 2runs in the first inning!

  42. Dewayne is Wise says:

    100 my ass

  43. Erica says:

    Oh, Verlander. Get it together, sir.

  44. CBean says:

    Dickey’s like, I would have had this.

  45. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Nice to hear today Joba was throwing 97 only guy on the 40 that can throw that hard.

  46. Bartolo's Colon says:

    unfortunately for verlander, these aren’t the al central all stars

  47. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    I hope they don’t stick with verlander for to long… I’d like to see David Price get in there and show his stuff.. I think hes better then verlandr this yr, and probably going forward..

  48. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Come on verlander! Jesus Christ!

  49. Kevin G. says:

    David be careful with that towel!

  50. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Price is warming up.. Should of started washington, u idiot!

  51. Kramerica Industries says:

    Geez, Justin.

  52. Pat D says:

    Verlander, you’re facing the National League, not the Yankees.

  53. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Wow now he lost the plate unreal.

  54. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Verlander gonna make sure were outta this before we even come to bat.. Douche can’t even throw a god damn strike! This is annoying!

  55. Bartolo's Colon says:

    david wright would have hit a home run

  56. Kramerica Industries says:

    Fucking Verlander.


  57. CBean says:

    Well so much for the American League winning.

  58. Greg says:

    Good thing those San Francisco fans voted, huh

  59. Pat D says:

    Jesus Christ on a crutch.

  60. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    F U Verlander!!! U freaking terd!!!!

  61. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow Verlander sucks.

    • NYCSPORTZFAN says:

      Dude freaking all ready lost the game… He litteraly ruined this AS game and took out just about all the drama by his lonesome…

  62. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Thank justin you crotch smelling redneck.

  63. Kevin G. says:

    Well, when we’re playing Game 1 of the World Series on the road we’ll have Verlander to thank for it

  64. Erica says:

    Derp derp derp

  65. flamingo says:

    Verlander: not an ace.


  66. Greg says:

    Didn’t we have a good record in NL parks this year?

  67. Pat D says:

    Nice job, Prince.

  68. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Prince with a nice scoop. Huh

  69. Mike E says:

    Big congrats to Eric. You guys are in for a treat.

  70. Kramerica Industries says:

    Wouldn’t have had it even if Fielder had scooped it.


  71. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i know he beat it, but that ain’t tex

  72. Greg says:

    If that was Tex, he would have been out

  73. Kevin G. says:

    If that was Tex he would of reached out and the runner would have been out

  74. Will The Thrill says:

    Verlander is trash. They should’ve started Price, who can actually get good hitters out. This is a pretty anti-climatic All Star game.

  75. jon says:

    teix makes that play

  76. Mike N says:

    I am so glad no Yanks pitchers are gonna play in this game. I hate the All Star game. It is boring as shit, the players aren’t really trying, and the only possible outcome that would matter to me would be a bad one: that a Yank gets injured.

  77. flamingo says:

    That was an “Appreciate Mark Texeira” play from Prince.

  78. DERP says:

    I hope Washington forces him to pitch the second and he blows out his arm.

  79. Klemy says:

    Prince is no Teixeira, this is for sure.

  80. Will The Thrill says:

    Wow. Tigers have another 8 years of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder defense. Good luck with that…

  81. Countryclub says:

    Wow, does prince have any athletic ability at all? He looked completely lost on that play.

  82. Erica says:

    I feel like Prince just isn’t… physically fit enough to play first. Or, hot damn, Tex is just THAT GOOD.

  83. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Verlanders a clown! Why he was starting over price is beyond me anyways.. Who gives a crap about last yrs regular season? THis yr, Price has been better, and that is what matters.. Dudes a loser at heart.. He litteraly ruined this game all ready, and it just freaking started! This game is over all ready!!! We’ll be lucky to score 5runs let alone more…

  84. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Ron washington great call you clueless fuckstick. Its ok Yankees will beat the dodgers in 5 anyway.

  85. DERP says:

    Well now that this game is over, let’s just hope that all AL pitchers get injured.

  86. Ethan says:

    This is why I hate the ASG being worth anything. Verlander goes and gives up 5 in the first which will probably cost the AL the game. Nothing the Yankees could do about it and if they make it to the WS will be at a disadvantage all because of verlander.

  87. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Hey thats ok, we got Mike Napoli and Yu Darvish on our side! Were fine!!!lol

  88. Pat D says:

    I had decided that the 3 teams I’d like to avoid in the postseason, due to a combination of pitching staffs and ballparks, were the Rays, Angels and Tigers.

    After watching Verlander against the Yankees this year and in this game, I’m thinking they’re going to get crossed off the list.

  89. Hall and Nokes says:

    I think that play existed for the sole reason of making Yankee fans appreciate Tex’s defense.

  90. Rooting for U.S. Steel says:

    *Laughing* Am I really hearing that people believe the cream of AL hitters can’t score six runs in nine innings?

  91. Klemy says:

    I’m not ready to declare this over.

  92. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Cain a dead ringer for Barney Rubble.

  93. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i know it is sss (42 in), but verlander is not a postseason pitcher, has not ever had one series under a 5 era

  94. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Its to bad it wasen’t AL ALL STARS ve Pirates, then i bet verlander mows em down!

  95. Erica says:


  96. Bartolo's Colon says:

    nice ab by jeter, working the pitch count, so we can get into the weak bullpen

    • Rooting for U.S. Steel says:

      Heh. I’ve been having to stop myself from looking at pitch counts, as well as consoling myself that multi-pitch outs are so-called productive. Habits die hard…

  97. DERP says:

    Good defense so far tonight IMO!

  98. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Here comes 2 Cano going deep here.

  99. flamingo says:

    Thanks, Jeter.

  100. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Base hit for jeter.. Unfortunetly, Verlander made this almost impossible, teh way these games usually go.. As pitching dominates…

  101. Mike N says:

    That Sandoval dude looks pretty unathletic, too.

  102. Mike E says:

    How the hell is Rafael Furcal the starting SS for the NL?

  103. Carl G says:

    Well, clearly people don’t vote for all-stars based on their defense…

  104. Will The Thrill says:

    Matt Cain pitching like a man, unlike Verlander who pitched with his tail in between his legs.

  105. CBean says:

    jesus these are the lamest fans ever.

  106. Erica says:

    Kansas City, you’re a bunch of whiny little sissies. Go. Away.

  107. flamingo says:

    Guys, when the Royals come to KC next, I want the bleacher creatures to include Billy Butler in roll call.

    Or I want the stadium to cheer at the top of their lungs.

  108. Kevin G. says:

    Get over yourselves Royals fans. Butler didn’t even DESERVE to be in the Derby

  109. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Stop letting these idiots in ur head cano.. Trying to hard to shut them up! Just play and rake!

  110. Kramerica Industries says:

    They even cheer Cano making an out in the game itself.

    Royals fans are fucking stupid.

  111. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    At least Cano hit his longest ball of the AS weekend there..lol

  112. DERP says:

    LOL at biggest contract in the game for Hamilton

  113. Dewayne is Wise says:

    The hicks still lost but it really doesnt effect them as they have no hopes for a WS ever

  114. CBean says:

    Cheering for the out. Well it’s not like this game means anything to them. They don’t have to worry about the World Series.

  115. DERP says:

    Hamilton sucks.

  116. Erica says:


  117. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    I feel like spitting on verlander..lol I mean, how can u be that bad?

  118. flamingo says:

    “Now Bautista, he knows how to hit home runs.”

    Because Cano and Hamilton don’t, right, Buck?

  119. Jimmy Jam says:

    And to think I was sure I couldn’t dislike any team’s fans more than the Rangers’.

  120. DERP says:

    Good job, good effort AL

  121. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Cano dosen’t even care about being booed or anything.. Who cares? Get over it people! Just laugh it off… Its more annoying that a puke like verlander ruined the AS game not even half a inning into it, then the royal fans cheering for cano to make a out…

    • Greg says:

      He looked very down last night.

      • Will The Thrill says:

        He did a bit. I think I’ve gotten to a point where I really don’t want any Yankee to be in a HR Derby ever. It’s a waste of stamina and mental energy that could be better saved for a meaningful game.

  122. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Wow verlander really shit the bed

  123. Pat D says:

    This is poopy. I blame that dickhead I argued with on ESPN last night.

  124. Will The Thrill says:

    I hope Verlander has a shitty second half. No reason to watch the rest of this game. Way to suck the fun out of the All-Star game Justin.

  125. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Its funny watching these HR bashers try and hit em in a real park.. Its not so easy..lol

  126. DERP says:

    Verlander should take some of that cream that he endorses.

    • Ethan says:

      I HATE that commercial! I watch games on MLB.tv and there are total of like 5 different commercials and I’m so sick of that one.

  127. Tom says:

    Tim McCarver… still an idiot.

    “The RA DIckey situation would have been resolved had Molina not been on a bereavement leave as he would have caught Dickey”

    McCarver apparently doesn’t realize Posey was voted in as a starter, so it would make ZERO difference.

  128. Rooting for U.S. Steel says:

    Well… if it’s any consolation, Jeter’s the leading candidate for the AL’s MVP of the game so far…

  129. Erica says:


  130. Greg says:

    When did the adoration for Mantle, Ruth, Gehrig, and DiMaggio become the hatred for Jackson, ARod, and Cano?

    Where was the transition?

    By the way, nice play from Bautista?

  131. Will The Thrill says:

    Verlander shouldn’t have started period. Ron Washington should’ve realized that he struggles in the first innings of games, struggles against good hitters, and let’s things get to him. Bad decision. He should’ve maybe brought him in the later innings if the AL had a lead. Price should’ve definitely started.

  132. DERP says:

    It’s unfortunate that Bautista didn’t show any of that defense in the first.

  133. Kevin says:

    I hate that a bad manager and bad pitcher will screw us over for the World Series start this year.

  134. DERP says:

    How many future Yankees are in this game?

  135. Will The Thrill says:

    Melky Cabrera, All-Star. #shouldvekept

  136. Hall and Nokes says:

    Ortiz has no idea how that wasn’t a home run.

  137. Bartolo's Colon says:

    matt cain really using the big dimensions of kaufmann, but i guess he does that in at&t as well. i think the ortiz and hamilton ones wouldve been out in alot of parks.

  138. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Verlander can’t even get dan uggla out..LOL Thats funny!!!lol I hope he never becomea yankee.. I’ve seen him get rocked quite enough in big games for my liking… dude single handedly ruined the AS game..

    How do u get the first guy out and still manage to give up 5runs in the first inning? Dude coulden’t even throw a freaking strike..lol Starting the AS game, and can’t throw a strike…lol

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I’m also actually fine with the Robbie booing. It’s a message from the fans there. It’s fine. They’re not booing him for being a Yankee, or something idiotic like that.

      That being said, in general, fuck Kansas City.

  139. Tom Zig says:

    RAB be stealing all the writers

  140. Will The Thrill says:

    Price showing Verlander how it’s done. #ALEastNumberOne

  141. DERP says:

    The guy in the Samsung commercial looked like Ty Hensley.

  142. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Every other pitcher has breezed through this NL lineup, including the should of been starter, david price…lol How classic is this? Another player gets picked to do something based on something other then being the most deserving,a nd it cost us.. Dad Price has been the best the AL has to offer in the first half, and there fore, should ofstarted.. But, of course the bum verlander had a better yr last season, so that should matter this yr..lol

    • DERP says:

      not sure if serious

      Verlander has been much better than Price this year.

      • NYCSPORTZFAN says:

        verlander 9-5 2.58
        price 11-4 2.82

        Much better? Verlander plays in the AL Central, and Price the Al east and has all ready pitched against the yanks i think 3times this yr? I will take Price every day and twice on tuesday! Said this before the game as well, just to be clear…

        • Andruw's Smile says:

          Verlander’s peripherals look better than Price’s as well (.5 lower FIP). All in all, it really doesn’t matter. I’m all for going with the more senior guy to start if it is close. Verlander’s earned it

    • Andruw's Smile says:

      Should of started Joe Nathan.

    • eephus_pitch says:

      Verlander’s an incredible pitcher who had a bad inning. That’s all it is.

  143. DERP says:

    Gio about to give it up.

    • NYCSPORTZFAN says:

      Ya, Napoli and his 230AVG is gonna destroy him..(sarcasm) Then u got a lefty in Grandy man, and a singles hitting Jeter.. WEre not scoring.. We are gonna be lcuky to score 3runs…

  144. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I couldn’t care less about any of the non-Yankees in this game besides Melky and Dickey.

    It was very traumatic for my wife to watch Melky ground out to Robbie.

    The homefield advantage thing, next to the new WC system, is the worst thing Bud Selig ever did. I actually am forced to now give somewhat of a shit about this.

    • Rooting for U.S. Steel says:

      Worse than the luxury tax?

      Worse than the ’94 lockout?

      Worse than turning a blind eye on the steroid era?

      Worse than some of the favoritism he’s shown toward the Brewers (owned by, um, his daughter)?

      Selig’s crimes against the game are legion. While taking the mid-season exhibition and giving it impact on play not governed by the best team(s) is pretty egregious, I’m hard pressed to call it the worst of his offenses.

      Second to Kenesaw Mountain Landis’s views on integration, I’m hard-pressed to think of a commissioner who has had a more deleterious impact on the game.

      • Bunt Gardner says:

        His daughter hasn’t owned the Brewers for about 8 years. Now before then, yes, I agree he showed favoritism.

        • Rooting for U.S. Steel says:

          Fair enough. If you’d substitute “he showed” and add “when they were” to the above, I’d thankee most kindly.

      • Andruw's Smile says:

        Yet, he’s overseen an era of great growth for the league.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I don’t have a huge issue with the luxury tax.

        Yes, worse than the lockout.

        Whatever on the steroid era. Sports have always turned a blind eye to fringe competitive advantage/cheating/whatever when convenient. It’s not just him.

        Whatever he has, or hasn’t done, for the Royals, it hasn’t exactly resulted in success for them.

        So, yes, second worse to this idiotic WC system we’re about to subjected to.

        • Rooting for U.S. Steel says:

          We do agree, though, that when it comes to Selig we have a multitude of sins to choose from? I think the combined lists barely scratch the surface.

          I envision a “Wheel of Fortune” style setup in which we sit around spinning the damned thing and debate which of his flawed policies has been the most destructive….

          We can have Margo Adams* in the Vanna White role.

          *No particular reason why: She just popped into my head for no reason whatsoever the other day.

  145. Brian S. says:

    Our DH isn’t one of our best players so the NL winning isn’t a huge deal.

  146. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Yaaawwwwnnnn! Have fun watching the rest of this shit fest! Thanks Verlander for ending this game in a matter of seconds..Congrats on getting a 200million dollar contract whenever that happens.. Beating crap teams is worth a lot these days!

  147. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    The only thing good about this game is the 10 seconds of blues music that transitions in and out of commercials.

  148. Dewayne is Wise says:

    I just see no reason to watch the rest of this

  149. Bartolo's Colon says:

    you know what the al team needs? pedro ciriaco

  150. Greg says:

    Laughing at Ron Washington as Harrison gives up a run

  151. Kevin G. says:

    This time it counts guize

  152. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    I thought theat the NL was so easy to ptich to? All the NL pitchers are overrated because there in the NL and could never pitch in the AL…lol They’ve beat down teh AL 3straight yrs now completely shut down these great players…

    • Andruw's Smile says:

      Game nobody cares about results in an odd outcome? Well I never…

      • NYCSPORTZFAN says:

        nobody ares about? Look how long this thread all ready is, and look how man votes these players get, and look at the stadium, its packed to the brim.. What are u talking about?

        • Andruw's Smile says:

          I’m here because I have nothing better to do and would rather watch an exhibition than other crap that’s on TV. Baseball will inherently garner fans, but its a farce to make it count for something. Every sport has an issue with ASGs not being taken seriously. Baseball is no different.

    • Evan3457 says:

      AL with 30 game advantage in interleague.

      Thirty games.



  153. Greg says:

    The Melkman!

  154. Kevin G. says:

    Is there a reason to watch the game anymore?

  155. DERP says:

    Melky trolling Royals fans.

    • Kevin G. says:

      They don’t care, this game doesn’t matter for them. They’re already mathematically eliminated from the playoffs

  156. swishers fauxhawk says:

    should of kept melky

  157. Kramerica Industries says:

    This is a white-washing.

    They say the ASG tends to be cyclical in terms of dominance, and maybe now it’s the NL turn to dominate this game. Which sucks, but what can you do.

    • Pat D says:

      But they’re not, that’s just it.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        Yeah. The American League routinely proves it is the superior league during interleague play, literally, every year. I think only once the NL has had the better record, and that was in the late ’90s.

        If the Yankees reach the World Series, I guess it will be their job to annihilate the inferior NL foe and do it having to win a couple road games. Which I’m sure they could do.

  158. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i would say fuck you kc, but there is no reason that they won’t cheer that. matt harrison sucks btw, dont care how shiny his era is

  159. Ethan says:

    Fuck you garbage pitchers!

  160. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Yeah harrison over king felix huh

  161. Kramerica Industries says:

    NL has scored seven runs with two outs.

  162. DERP says:

    Was there really a mound visit? Did that just happen?

  163. Kramerica Industries says:

    Robbie knows the importance of this game.

    Too bad the AL isn’t playing like it.

  164. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Matt Harrison..lol same thing will happen to Yu Darvish as well.. The rangers suck balls and if u delve into there numbers and who they did what against, u will see just that…

    • Andruw's Smile says:

      Please, indulge us. Yes, the Rangers arent the best team ever. But Matt Harrison giving up 3 runs in an exhibition is hardly the best way to prove that.

      • NYCSPORTZFAN says:

        The rangers have been playing really badly coming into this game offensively and pitching wise… They’ve played a ton of bad teams, and seem to always have problems just sneaking out wins,w hen they do win…

        • Andruw's Smile says:

          Texas’ strength of schedule is up at the top of the league, and so is their RPI (mix of winning %, opponent winning % and opponents strength of schedule). I don’t get the bad teams thing really I mean yeah they play the M’s a bunch but OAK isnt terrible and LAA is pretty good.

          • NYCSPORTZFAN says:

            uhhh, the’ve played San Diego, Houston, Colorado, Oakland(7times), Arizona, and Minnesota just since june 1st…lol The best team they’ve played since june 1st is Detroit(nothing to write home about 1st half), and the White sox, who dismntled the rangers.. What are u talking about?

          • NYCSPORTZFAN says:

            THey’ve played Oakland 7times, Minnesota, Houston, San Diego, Arizona, and COlorado since june 1st..lol The only 2teams they’ve played since then are Detroit(nothing special 1st half) and Chicago, who dismantled the in a sweep… What are u talking about?

  165. Brian S. says:

    lol Melky

  166. Pat D says:

    Pouring rain knocked out the satellite at my house.

    Glad I’m missing all of this shit.

    The worst thing about this, of course, is that NL fans are going to think that they’re superior to the AL again.

  167. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Melky in rf next year could happen.

  168. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i guess this is regression for the beatdowns put on the nl over the last 15 years

  169. Cuso says:

    If there’s any good to come of this, perhaps it’s the national revelation that Ron Washington isn’t as good as MSM wants to believe he is.

    • Bartolo's Colon says:

      i don’t think that washington is good, but this is on verlander and harrison. this is the all star game, my mom can manage this team

  170. BK2ATL says:

    Nice game by Melky so far, and get this, against All-Star pitchers….but, to some, it’s just a fluke….

    Bud Selig is the biggest douche commissioner in major sports. So, if the Yanks end the season with the best record in MLB, win all of their postseason series, they cannot be the home team in the World Series because of THIS game?????

    A complete fucking joke. Imagine if the NFL decided the same based off of the Pro Bowl result. Or the NHL or NBA did the same.

  171. DERP says:

    Why is Strasburg pitching? Always a good idea to waste an inning in a blowout exhibition game when you have an innings limit.

  172. Greg says:

    Boo that KC

  173. Andruw's Smile says:

    Should make the ASG be played on the 4th of July and make it a true exhibition. Gives the players a 4th of July break, and it would get great ratings, I’d bet. Play it mid-afternoon too.

  174. DERP says:

    There is a way to salvage this game: Have Braun win the MVP and watch Selig have to hand it to him.

  175. Bartolo's Colon says:

    boo cano for not doing a take out slide!!!

  176. Brian S. says:

    Take our players out meow.

  177. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    its hillarious watching the word “exhibiton” come up a million times in this thread the last half hr or so.. Convienent timing, i will say..lol Didn’t see that word to often before the NL dismantled the AL again..lol Hasen’t the NL not only won the last 3 AS games, but also, 3outta4 WS?

    Oh well, the NL can’t hit and can’t pitch, adn if ur in the NL u can’t play inthe AL..(sarcasm)

  178. Greg says:

    Lol. Buck just said Jeff Weaver

  179. Bartolo's Colon says:

    could that throw have been caught by cano? why in hell is jeter and cano still out there? nevermind washington is screwing this game up, he has the best defensive ss in the league in andrus and isn’t playing him 5 innings in

    • Ethan says:

      He’s already lost the game and home field advantage. Now he’s hoping Jeter and Cano get injured to make it easier on his rangers.

  180. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Bombing dickey is the al only chance to bad they have an 8 run lead.

  181. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i really want those new miller lite cans, can’t wait to guzzle shitty beer two times faster

  182. DERP says:

    Did anyone else notice that Buck and McCarver were on Harper’s dick and praising his baserunning but then said nothing when he got made that baserunning mistake?

  183. Robinson Tilapia says:

    This just guarantees six months of my father-in-law referencing this game whenever I refer to the American League as superior in his presence. Great.

  184. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Atta boy rook.

  185. DERP says:

    Harper with bad baserunning and bad fielding. He’ll fit right in when he signs here.

  186. Bartolo's Colon says:

    what a play by harper….

  187. Robinson Tilapia says:

    There’s something that should be played on every Bryce Harper highlight reel for an eternity.

  188. Eric Schultz says:

    Thanks all, I’m definitely looking forward with talking Yankee baseball with this incredible group of fans.

  189. DERP says:

    Where is Andruw Jones?

  190. DERP says:

    I would have pinch hit Trout for Grandy. Easy to say in hindsight

  191. Dewayne is Wise says:


  192. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Dh billy butler here tee hee

  193. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Cano > Kinsler
    Washington brainfarting again.

  194. DERP says:

    The Cy Young winners are really showing something ronight.

  195. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Once Kinsler gets out here, he’ll add to the Texas Rangers that have done squat tongiht.. THat includes beltre, Kinsler, Hamilton, Harrison, and Napoli(got a hit on a routine fly ball lost in sun)…

    Can’t wait to see what Darvish has in store for us!!

  196. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Does he see it

  197. Bartolo's Colon says:

    two funny things that could happen in this game:
    a) washington doesn’t play butler
    b) larussa doesn’t play dickey

  198. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Kinsler nice routine play there bud

  199. Robinson Tilapia says:


  200. DERP says:

    McCutchen is hitting .455 against lefties. Not surprising he got a hit there.

  201. Robinson Tilapia says:


  202. CUYanks says:

    I apologize if someone’s already posted this, but does anyone know if anyone got killed here tonight?

  203. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I can honestly say I never liked Chipper Jones from day one.

    • Pat D says:

      I go back and forth with him.

      For the most part, my opinion now is, “You’re 40 fucking years old. Are you going to keep having people call you Chipper? Time to grow up, man.”

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Came up at the time the Braves were a perennial WS threat. Yes, dumbass name. Always looked too goody-two-shoes. Hearing Met fans chant “Laaaaaaaary” is one of the greatest things Met fans ever came up with.

  204. RI$P FTW says:

    The NL is so bad. Their pitchers STINK. They’re so lucky they only have to face NL hitters.

    Am I doing it right? How are we spinning this?

  205. DERP says:

    I want to have Mike Trout’s babies.

  206. CBean says:

    Booing Cano is one thing. They said stuff to his family? real classy.

  207. Dave the Ox says:

    mob mentality in meth city

  208. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Who the fuck is Ryan Cook?

  209. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Erin needs new panties after that interview.

  210. Kramerica Industries says:

    Erin Andrews is at Fox now?

    Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.

  211. Pat D says:

    So are they going to make Giants fans choose between Panda and Melky? Jeez, just give it to both of them at this point.

  212. RI$P FTW says:

    Wow. Pickler is bad.

  213. RI$P FTW says:

    “Gyooooyd Bleyyyyesss Amyyyyeryyyyicaaa”

  214. Pat D says:

    Am I the only one who wonders why the National Anthem and God Bless America have to be performed at every single sporting event? You can really start to hate those songs when you hear them repeatedly.

    The thing that I hate most about the never-ending performances of the songs is that whoever is singing them has to always add their own little flourishes and embellishments to sound “original.” Look, these aren’t complicated songs that are really open to interpretation. If you’re going to sing the song, just sing the fucking song and be done with it.

  215. Pat D says:

    I wonder if they’ll love Butler as much when he inevitable leaves as a free agent.

    Since I was told by a guy who just HAD to be an authority on the Royals that they can’t re-sign ANY player they develop.

  216. Dave the Ox says:

    Listening to radio broadcast. Oozing over Billy Butler. “A beautiful moment” when Butler had tears in his eyes during pregame ceremony at outpouring of love from the fans. Puked in my mouth.

  217. David N says:

    Well, I hope the Royals fans enjoyed their one player grounding out harmlessly to third.

  218. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Loranas taco bell cantina bowl almost killed me.
    I now know how it feels to crap a watermellon.

  219. Dave the Ox says:

    Can’t Ron Washington get Billy Butler in here? We need to get something going. I’m sure Bud will bend the rules.

  220. David N says:

    Billy Butler, ladies and gentlemen!

  221. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Question guys: Why the Chipper Jones disliking?

    He’s a great player and always seemed like a good guy. I like him.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Easy to hate in the 90′s when they were a yearly threat to the Yankees. Silly name. Seemed too goody-too-shoes to me. Fun to chant “Laaaaaaaary.” Nothing else, really.

      • pistol pete says:

        I love Chipper, he killed the Mets for years and I hate the Mets. I remember game 4 in the NY sweep of Atlanta in’99 with Ryan Klesko at bat versus Rivera. Rivera broke Klesko’s bat 3 times and Chipper couldn’t hold back the laughter. Chipper gets it, first ballot HOF in my opinion.

      • pistol pete says:

        I love Chipper, he killed the Mets for years and I hate the Mets. I remember game 4 in the NY sweep of Atlanta in’99 with Ryan Klesko at bat versus Rivera. Rivera broke Klesko’s bat 3 times and Chipper couldn’t hold back the laughter. Chipper gets it, first ballot HOF in my opinion.

    • eephus_pitch says:

      I seem to remember he had a lot of problems with cheating on his wife.

  222. JFH says:

    I’ve grown used to seeing the Home Team lose in Kauffman Stadium…just sayin’.

  223. Jimmy Jam says:

    I want to say that KC is going to suffer the curse of Cano and not win the World Series for 80 years, but that was pretty much a given anyway…

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