2012 All-Star Game Open Thread

Steve Serby's Q&A with Brian Cashman
Refsnyder debuts in Charleston loss

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.

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  • yooboo

    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.

  • 28 in 2012

    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

      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

      Did I hear “full retina display for IPads?”

  • Ron Jeremys brother Rick

    Oh I hope IT dont fall off

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

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

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Pondering whether to watch.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    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…

  • Hall and Nokes

    Why did Wash break up Jeter and Granderson? Tinkerer.

    • Pat D

      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?

  • Mike N

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

  • oldmanalex

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

    • Robinson Tilapia

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

      • Pat D

        Doesn’t he also have an insanely high BABIP?

      • oldmanalex

        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 …

        • eephus_pitch

          2010 was a contract year for Jeter, and it was his worst season ever.

  • Erica

    CHRIST, KC fans are so flippin’ pathetic.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    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..

  • Greg

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

    • Erica

      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.

  • Pat D

    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

      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

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

  • Brian S.

    I hope Billy Butler gets hit in his stupid face.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    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?!?!

    • Greg

      No, they are still angry about him not picking Billy Butler for the Home Run Derby when he promised he would look into it.

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        that was supposed to be the most sarcastic comment ever posted on rab, unless yours was??

        • Greg

          Its hard to tell sarcasm in text form. Although I may have skimmed over the “help THEM get to the World Series”

    • forensic

      Most royals fans are unfamiliar with this world series thing you mention.

  • Cy Pettitte

    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

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

      • Cy Pettitte

        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.

  • Josh

    Welcome, Eric Schultz!!

  • Chris

    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.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

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

    I’ll go one Hon Mention- Trout

  • oldmanalex

    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.

  • Dewayne is Wise

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

    • Greg

      I’m actually surprised all the Yanks didn’t get booed, but Jeter got full applause. Redeeming themselves a bit

    • Greg

      I’m actually surprised all the Yanks didn’t get booed, but Jeter got full applause. Redeeming themselves a bit

      • Greg

        Sorry

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

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

  • Greg

    Say it with me…

    IN MY VIEW, AS BAD…

    • Greg

      I misquoted it. sorry

  • flamingo

    Buck and McCarver.

    /sigh

    • Cy Pettitte

      it might actually be an improvement over Berman from last night

      • I suck

        Back, back, back, back….remember me????

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

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

  • Ethan

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

    • CBean

      it’s on Fox.

  • Dewayne is Wise

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

  • Erica

    How bad is Joe Buck missing Troy Aikman right now?

    • Robinson Tilapia

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

      • Erica

        Let me correct you – he is imagining each of them as Troy Aikman. He is living his fantasy. All KC fans just morphed into Troy Aikmans.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          No more waist-down shots of Buck for the rest of the night.

  • oldmanalex

    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)

    • Erica

      Uhhhhhhh

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Look at the screenname. Ignore.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Loving Melky’s orange cleats.

  • CBean

    No MVP for Verlander.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    way to go verlander

  • Erica

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

    • Will The Thrill

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

      • Tom

        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)

        • Erica

          Yeah, I thought it was pretty sketchy that he got let off the hook, or however you want to phrase it.

      • oldmanalex

        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)

        • Andruw’s Smile

          Damn, I was gonna say that!

        • JohnnyC

          Good to see older gents like yourself, Alex, pursuing a new career, especially medicine. We need more doctors. And it beats just playing golf after retirement, right?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        They do when I turn into Hulk Tilapia.

        • oldmanalex

          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

            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.

  • Tom

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

  • oldmanalex

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

  • Kramerica Industries

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

  • Will The Thrill

    Verlander struggling against good offenses. What else is new?

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

      The next big game he wins will be his first!

      • Will The Thrill

        Hehe.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    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…

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Verlander not his best stuff

  • flamingo

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

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    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!

  • Dewayne is Wise

    100 my ass

  • Erica

    Oh, Verlander. Get it together, sir.

  • CBean

    Dickey’s like, I would have had this.

  • Dewayne is Wise

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

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

    • Klemy

      I love this quote. lol

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    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..

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    Come on verlander! Jesus Christ!

  • Kevin G.

    David be careful with that towel!

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    Geez, Justin.

  • Pat D

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

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Wow now he lost the plate unreal.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    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!

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    david wright would have hit a home run

  • Kramerica Industries

    Fucking Verlander.

    GTFO.

  • CBean

    Well so much for the American League winning.

  • Greg

    Good thing those San Francisco fans voted, huh

  • Pat D

    Jesus Christ on a crutch.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow Verlander sucks.

    • NYCSPORTZFAN

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

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Thank justin you crotch smelling redneck.

  • Kevin G.

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

  • Erica

    Derp derp derp

  • flamingo

    Verlander: not an ace.

    OBVIOUSLY.

  • Greg

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

    • Pat D

      8-1, I think.

      • Greg

        And those were against winning teams, so we didn’t play scrubs.

  • Pat D

    Nice job, Prince.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Prince with a nice scoop. Huh

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

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

  • Kramerica Industries

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

    Unreal.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

  • Greg

    If that was Tex, he would have been out

    • Erica

      I’d like to think that!

  • Kevin G.

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

  • Will The Thrill

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

  • jon

    teix makes that play

  • Mike N

    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.

  • flamingo

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

    • Mike N

      Srsly!

  • DERP

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

  • Klemy

    Prince is no Teixeira, this is for sure.

  • Will The Thrill

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

  • Countryclub

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

  • Erica

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

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    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…

  • Dewayne is Wise

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

    • Pat D

      The Dodgers aren’t going to make the playoffs.

  • DERP

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

  • Ethan

    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.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

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

  • Pat D

    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.

  • Hall and Nokes

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

  • Rooting for U.S. Steel

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

  • Klemy

    I’m not ready to declare this over.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Cain a dead ringer for Barney Rubble.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

    • eephus_pitch

      Didn’t he kill the Yankees in ’06?

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

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

  • Erica

    TROLOLOLO YES

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

    • Rooting for U.S. Steel

      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…

  • DERP

    Good defense so far tonight IMO!

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Here comes 2 Cano going deep here.

  • flamingo

    Thanks, Jeter.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

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

  • Mike N

    That Sandoval dude looks pretty unathletic, too.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

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

  • Carl G

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

  • Will The Thrill

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

  • CBean

    jesus these are the lamest fans ever.

  • Erica

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

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You don’t even have an arch like St. Louis. Losers.

  • flamingo

    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.

  • Kevin G.

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

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

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

  • Kramerica Industries

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

    Royals fans are fucking stupid.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

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

  • DERP

    LOL at biggest contract in the game for Hamilton

  • Dewayne is Wise

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

  • CBean

    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.

  • DERP

    Hamilton sucks.

  • Erica

    AAAAAAAUGH

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

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

  • flamingo

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

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

    • Erica

      He only makes sense when he has Aikman by his side.

  • Jimmy Jam

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

    • Klemy

      Phillies anyone?

  • DERP

    Good job, good effort AL

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    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

      He looked very down last night.

      • Will The Thrill

        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.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Wow verlander really shit the bed

  • Pat D

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

  • Will The Thrill

    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.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

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

  • DERP

    Verlander should take some of that cream that he endorses.

    • Ethan

      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.

  • Tom

    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.

  • Rooting for U.S. Steel

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

  • Erica

    JOEY BATS

  • Greg

    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?

    • Pat D

      Starting in 1998, I think.

      • Greg

        But there have been other great Yankee teams that went on streaks.
        Stengel’s Yanks won 5 in a row.

        Why weren’t they universally hated?

        • Pat D

          Frankly, I think they always were. I know the late 70’s teams were hated.

          • Greg

            That’s why I wonder,

            Did George Steinbrenner and his methods turn the Yankees from white knights to hated winners?

            • Pat D

              Probably.

            • Andruw’s Smile

              Four letters: ESPN
              Overexposure in the late 90s/2000s led way to huge hatred for the Yankees because it was the only thing ESPN talked about (ESPN meaning MSM as well). Every story was about the yankees. So, people hated that and hated the Yankees for that.

  • Will The Thrill

    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.

  • DERP

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

    • Greg

      To be fair, he had a Lou Pinella-like sun shining on him

  • Kevin

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

    • Greg

      Or he will screw himself over

      • Pat D

        Just like last year.

        • Greg

          Exactly

  • DERP

    How many future Yankees are in this game?

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

      David Price, so at least one.

    • Will The Thrill

      CarGo if he’s traded to us maybe. Other than that no one else really. Hamels supposedly is going to sign an extension with the Phils. So much for that.

    • Pat D

      Trout and Harper FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Will The Thrill

    Melky Cabrera, All-Star. #shouldvekept

  • Hall and Nokes

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

    • Andy

      +1

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    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.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    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

      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.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Replyfail.

        Now that I’m here, though, you’ve crossed the line into complete parody.

      • Greg

        I was fine with the booing up to an extent. When he came up to bat in the Derby, it was time to let it go.

  • Tom Zig

    RAB be stealing all the writers

  • Will The Thrill

    Price showing Verlander how it’s done. #ALEastNumberOne

  • DERP

    The guy in the Samsung commercial looked like Ty Hensley.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    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

      not sure if serious

      Verlander has been much better than Price this year.

      • NYCSPORTZFAN

        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

          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

      Should of started Joe Nathan.

    • eephus_pitch

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

  • DERP

    Gio about to give it up.

    • NYCSPORTZFAN

      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…

  • Robinson Tilapia

    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

      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

        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

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

      • Andruw’s Smile

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

      • Robinson Tilapia

        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

          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.

  • Brian S.

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

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    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!

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

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

  • Dewayne is Wise

    I just see no reason to watch the rest of this

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    you know what the al team needs? pedro ciriaco

    • flamingo

      I laughed.

  • Greg

    Laughing at Ron Washington as Harrison gives up a run

  • Kevin G.

    This time it counts guize

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    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

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

      • NYCSPORTZFAN

        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

          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

      AL with 30 game advantage in interleague.

      Thirty games.

      Thirty.

      Games.

  • Greg

    The Melkman!

  • Kevin G.

    Is there a reason to watch the game anymore?

  • DERP

    Melky trolling Royals fans.

    • Kevin G.

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

  • swishers fauxhawk

    should of kept melky

    • Greg

      To be fair, it was the trade from the Yankees and release by Atlanta that got Melky to concentrate

      • CBean

        Yes he was absolutely atrocious in Atlanta. My cousin who’s a Braves fan complained about him every day they had him and now, hates him even more.

    • Andruw’s Smile

      Should of kept Melky+IPK!!!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        So we could trade bits and pieces of them for Justin Upton AND Coal Hammmels.

    • Bunt Gardner

      So says hindsight.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      http://www.theonion.com/articl.....-playe,32/

      Always a favorite around here.

  • Kramerica Industries

    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

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

      • Kramerica Industries

        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.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    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

  • Ethan

    Fuck you garbage pitchers!

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Yeah harrison over king felix huh

  • Kramerica Industries

    NL has scored seven runs with two outs.

  • DERP

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

    • Greg

      Its happened twice.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Robbie knows the importance of this game.

    Too bad the AL isn’t playing like it.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    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

      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

        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

          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

            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

            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?

  • Brian S.

    lol Melky

  • Pat D

    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.

    • Brian S.

      Just mention how the AL raped the NL in IL play again.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Melky in rf next year could happen.

    • Greg

      We will need to dump a truckload of money at him. Giants need offense badly.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        You apparently don’t understand the currency of women and mofongo.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      he’s going to be way too expensive

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

  • Cuso

    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

      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

      • Cuso

        The whole Washington going to Harrison instead of Felix or Weaver plays into my thought process here.

  • BK2ATL

    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.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Was deciding home field advantage on alternate years really any better?

  • DERP

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

  • Greg

    Boo that KC

  • Andruw’s Smile

    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.

  • DERP

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

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

  • Brian S.

    Take our players out meow.

    • Greg

      Brian have you turned into a cat?

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        super troopers reference

    • Cuso

      isn’t that the 2nd time you’ve “meowed?”

    • BK2ATL

      Your phone has PETA’s autofill app???

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’m glad you brought this back.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    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)

    • DERP

      Nice gritty play by Harper.

    • Evan3457

      AL won interleague by thirty games.

      30 games.

      Thirty.

      Games.

  • Greg

    Lol. Buck just said Jeff Weaver

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    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

      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.

  • Dewayne is Wise

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

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

    • Robinson Tilapia

      When was the last time I had a Miller Lite, Bud, etc? Must be ten years, at least.

  • DERP

    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?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    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.

    • Rooting for U.S. Steel

      What will he say when you point out the AL’s dominance in interleague play during the last decade or so?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        He usually points to who won the last two WS.

        • Rooting for U.S. Steel

          SSS.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I appreciate the concern. I’m actually fine with this sort of banter with him.

            • Pat D

              Could be worse. You could try talking to my one Mets fan uncle.

            • Rooting for U.S. Steel

              Ah, my tongue was firmly in my cheek. I’ve dated two women whose families live in Massachusetts. Figured it was the same situation.

            • Rooting for U.S. Steel

              And I really meant “small sample size”. Wasn’t hissing.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Heh heh heh.

                Nah. It’s more busting my balls than anything else.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Atta boy rook.

  • DERP

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

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    what a play by harper….

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Eric Schultz

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

    • Robinson Tilapia

      (and stuart)

  • DERP

    Where is Andruw Jones?

  • DERP

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

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Sale>harrison

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Dh billy butler here tee hee

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Cano > Kinsler
    Washington brainfarting again.

  • DERP

    The Cy Young winners are really showing something ronight.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    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!!

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Does he see it
    Lol

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

    • DERP

      Bud Selig is forced to present the MVP award to Braun.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I’d love to see all three of these although, for the love of our Met fan friends, I’m willing to see Dickey get an inning in.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Kinsler nice routine play there bud

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Pussyfeathers.

  • DERP

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

  • Robinson Tilapia

    TOO MANY CABRERAS.

  • CUYanks

    I apologize if someone’s already posted this, but does anyone know if anyone got killed here tonight?
    http://www.barstoolsports.com/.....run-derby/

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      that is the greatest thing ever, why doesn’t mlb do it that way?

      • CUYanks

        I love how the guitarist is about 5 feet away from the batter in that diagram. Instant death.

    • Pat D

      This is being held in Reading?

      If so, if anyone does get killed, believe me when I say no one will care or notice.

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

    • Pat D

      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

        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.

  • RI$P FTW

    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?

    • CUYanks

      Small sample size.

    • Pat D

      It’s one stupid fucking exhibition game that the dumbass commissioner of the sport has attached importance because of a tie game 10 years ago.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Just switch allegiances.

  • DERP

    I want to have Mike Trout’s babies.

    • JohnnyC

      Hopefully you’re a female.

  • CBean

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

    • Pat D

      Where you seeing/hearing this?

      • CBean

        Twitter:

        @DanBarbarisi: Cano said people were yelling things at his family when they went to the bathroom. Cano was not pleased.

        • Pat D

          Interesting.

        • David N

          I’d be pissed too. That’s totally uncalled for.

          • Kramerica Industries

            We’re finding out what Royals fans are rally made of.

            Bunch of assholes.

    • pistol pete

      Fucking hicks in the midwest with a lousy franchise and nothing else to do but boo Cano for choosing Prince Fielder who won the HR Derby. Not a lot to do in KC I guess.

  • Dave the Ox

    mob mentality in meth city

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Who the fuck is Ryan Cook?

    • CUYanks

      A’s got him and Parker for Cahill.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Erin needs new panties after that interview.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Erin Andrews is at Fox now?

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

  • Pat D

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

  • RI$P FTW

    Wow. Pickler is bad.

  • RI$P FTW

    “Gyooooyd Bleyyyyesss Amyyyyeryyyyicaaa”

  • Pat D

    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.

  • Pat D

    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.

  • Dave the Ox

    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.

    • Pat D

      I hope you didn’t swallow it.

  • David N

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

  • Dewayne is Wise

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

    • Pat D

      This is why I avoid Toxic Hell like the plague.

    • Tom

      It’s like the commercial where they drove 18 hours to get a Dorito taco…

      5 hours to get there, 13 hours to get back with the various bathroom stops.

  • Dave the Ox

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

  • David N

    Billy Butler, ladies and gentlemen!

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Question guys: Why the Chipper Jones disliking?

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

    • Robinson Tilapia

      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

        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

        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

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

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Huh. Didn’t know that.

  • JFH

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

  • Jimmy Jam

    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…