Jul
16

2013 All-Star Game Thread

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2013 All-Star GameAs of right now, things aren’t looking all that good as far as the Yankees making the playoffs this year. They sit in fourth place in the AL East and three back of the second wildcard spot. It’ll be an uphill climb in the second half, that’s for sure.

That said, just in case they do qualify for the playoffs and manage to make it to the World Series, I want them to have homefield advantage. It’s dumb that the All-Star Game determines that, but it is what it is. Those are the rules they have to play by.

The NL has won three straight All-Star Games and, not completely coincidentally, they’ve won the last three World Series at well. Homefield advantage had to help a smidge. It’s time for the AL to get back to dominating this thing, which they did for a long time before these last three years. Here are the starting lineups:

American League

  1. LF Mike Trout
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. 3B Miguel Cabrera
  4. 1B Chris Davis
  5. RF Jose Bautista
  6. DH David Ortiz
  7. CF Adam Jones
  8. C Joe Mauer
  9. SS J.J. Hardy

National League

  1. 2B Brandon Phillips
  2. RF Carlos Beltran
  3. 1B Joey Votto
  4. 3B David Wright
  5. LF Carlos Gonzalez
  6. C Yadier Molina
  7. SS Troy Tulowitzki
  8. DH Michael Cuddyer
  9. CF Bryce Harper

Max Scherzer (AL) and Matt Harvey (NL) are your starting pitchers, and the full rosters are right here. Manager Jim Leyland confirmed yesterday that Mariano Rivera will pitch in the game even if the AL doesn’t have a save situation, so that’s neat. Hopefully they give him a lead to protect in the ninth inning, however.

The game is scheduled to begin at 8:00pm ET and can be seen on FOX. Enjoy.

250 Comments»

  1. Pat D says:

    All-Star Game.

    I’d watch it, but BuckCarver.

    Besides, I’m down to the two most recent seasons of Hell’s Kitchen, so I’d rather knock those out and actually resume watching stuff from Netflix since I’m incredibly behind on that.

  2. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    so, who’s the AL LF? jones?

  3. The Lime says:

    Why do you guys think that home field advantage matters? Sleep? Familiarity? Crowd support?

    There is a theory (that I buy into) that claims that it comes down to the umpires favoring home teams based on thousands of games across several sports and that there is zero data that support the three other “effects” that I mentioned.

    If you’re curious, google “home field advantage moskowitz.” He also looks at accountability based on QuesTec – he came up with some pretty funny results.

    • sangreal says:

      I don’t understand why it matters in other sports, but in baseball rosters are built around the home field. eg lefty pull hitters in NYS, fly ball pitchers out west

      • Bo Knows says:

        For a lot of guys there is a rush that comes from having your own people cheering you on. There is a huge psychological component, Although you always try your hardest having people cheering for you, can make you forget about your screaming muscles, or your exhaustion.

        Also there is a physical component, atmosphere, weather, etc that you might be accustomed too but the opponent might not be

    • Hall and Nokes says:

      What is the league wide W/L record for home teams? What is it since the 1960s (expansion era, reliable air travel, etc.)?

      • Hall and Nokes says:

        Nevermind, I figured it out on B-R. 54% from 1960-2013. That’s an arbitrary date but I think a logical one.

        So more than nothing, but hardly something to get too worked up about.

    • jjyank says:

      I’m sure there are several reasons, however subtle they may be. Familiarity with the ballpark, , adrenaline from the crowd, etc. And like most human beings, I think people perform better “in their element” so to speak. For example, I feel like I do my job better at my normal place of employment. But on the occasion that I’m sent elsewhere to fill in for someone, it’s mildly awkward and I’m not as efficient as normal. There may be some of that at play when players are using facilities that are not their own and sleeping in a hotel instead of their primary residence. Plus the outfielders are more familiar with where the walls are, the infielders probably know where the edges of the stands are to a greater degree, pitchers and catchers might know where the jet stream is, etc. There are probably a lot of little things.

  4. OldYanksFan says:

    From ESPN:
    Robinson Cano’s father expects his son to re-sign with the New York Yankees this offseason instead of leaving for free agency.

    When asked about his father’s comments, Robinson declined to elaborate about where he is leaning. He said he had no reaction. “Next question,” Cano said. “I’m not saying anything about my contract.”

    The Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago Cubs are among the teams that could be interested in Cano, whose price tag is expected to fall in the six-to-eight-year, $175-$225 million range.

    If that is really the case…. PASS!

    At $175m, Cano would need to post 35 WAR over the length of the contract. The odds of that happening are historically low.

    It looks like Robbie is not interested in giving a Home Town discount.
    I hate to see him go, but ARod, Teix and CC were enough.

    • Pat D says:

      Guys never earn the money they get in new contracts. They get paid for what they did before the signed the contract.

      That’s the way it’s always been, and probably the way it always will be.

    • jjyank says:

      He already gave a home town discount. It’d be naive to expect it again. I also still don’t believe that Cano will get $200 mil, regardless of what ESPN says.

      As far as Cano’s comments…please tell me that you’re not surprised. What the hell is he supposed to say? If he says “Yeah, I’m probably going to stay in New York.”, he loses leverage. If he says “Nah, I’m gonna let the Dodgers get drunk and write me a massive check instead.”, that serves no purpose either. Don’t we as fans want Cano to focus on playing baseball right now, and not his next contract? I sure as hell do.

    • The Real Greg says:

      I actually would take a 5-6 year deal with Cano. Anything 7+ is stretching it.

  5. Wheels says:

    Wow, was Cliff Lee for real there during his introduction?

  6. trr says:

    Just wanna see Mo.
    That’s it. Nuthin’ else

  7. The Real Greg says:

    Want the NL to win. We’re not likely to go to the WS and the 09 Yankees are the last AL team to win the WS. Let’s keep it that way.

    • Pat D says:

      I was about to say “No” to that and then I realized that the only AL teams I could conceivably root for in the WS are Oakland and Kansas City. But I think I could only really root for Washington and Pittsburgh in the NL.

      So it’s finally got to the point where I really hate whoever wins.

      • The Real Greg says:

        I would root for Colorado, Pittsburgh, Washington, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and the Cubbies (if they ever get there).

        I don’t think I could rot for any team in the AL. Maybe Cleveland.

        • The Real Greg says:

          root

        • Pat D says:

          I can’t stand Dusty Baker, and the Big Red Machine hype always angers me even though it was before my time, so I couldn’t root for the Reds unless they played someone even worse (like Boston). I could root for Colorado, Milwaukee and the Cubs, too, but they aren’t contenders this year.

          I still have this base feeling that the NL beating the AL is bad, but it really comes down to the teams. I mean, I definitely preferred the way the last 3 WS played out, despite my distaste for St. Louis.

    • jjyank says:

      That reasoning is terrible. It’s mid-July. What if the Yankees do go to the World Series? They very well may not, but actively rooting for the NL because they probably won’t just seems dumb.

      But then again, we are now in #GregCountry

    • Lukaszek says:

      I could root for Oakland, Cubs, Twins, Orioles, Blue Jays, Kansas City, Washington, Pittsburgh, Astros, or Milwaukee

  8. Mouse says:

    I’m definitely rooting for NL to win since the Yankees doesn’t look like they’re going to WS but Sux might.

  9. BFDeal says:

    Shit.

  10. Bo Knows says:

    Son of a bitch!!

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  11. Wheels says:

    jesus, no no no

  12. The Real Greg says:

    NOT AGAIN!

  13. forensic says:

    Heh, flip over to the ASG just in time to see Robbie get nailed in the knee. Just perfect…

  14. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Yep. Just our luck.

  15. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Not cool Harvey.

  16. Pasta says:

    Fuck matt harvey mother fucker

  17. Shittyshittybangbang says:

    1 position all-star for the greatest organization in all of baseball ?! Cashman Must Go !!! Com’on guys, say it with me, Cashman Must Go !!! Pa, pa – pa, pa, pa ! Injuries schminjuries !
    Cano just got fucking pelted !!! WTF !

  18. Kramerica Industries says:

    Fucking Harvey.

  19. Dan in Athens says:

    You’ve got to be fucking kidding me.

  20. The Real Greg says:

    He is clearly limping. This could make the second half moot.

  21. BigBlueAL says:

    I almost had a heart attack.

  22. Nobreaks says:

    Is it time to jump off the cliff now?

  23. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    I mean, did anyone really expect anything else given how the season is going. My god. Everyone start praying…

  24. Mickey Schesiter says:

    God hates the 2013 Yankees and/or has a sick sense of humor.

  25. The Real Greg says:

    You can’t blame Harvey. He’s nervous. He might be overhyped for this start. Location is easy to get away.

  26. Pasta says:

    Fucking harvey hurt Cano mets loser

  27. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Cabrera in the top 10 hitters of all time? Is that legit?

    • Jacob the OG says:

      Right now? No. In the future? 100% possible, if he can produce similar numbers for a few more years then yes. I think he is almost a lock to go in the hall already as well.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      Career? No.
      His career 152 wRC+ is tied with Joe D and Charlie Keller in the #26-28 spots all-time.

      • pat says:

        And frickin DiMaggio did it while playing an amazing CF AND without the benefit of his 28, 29 and 30 y/o seasons. Amazing.

        • Brian S. says:

          And he only struck out like 3% of the time. Dimaggio is definitely underrated in regards to best players of all time.

  28. BigBlueAL says:

    As to the debate above about which team to root for since the Yankees arent likely to make the WS, I still want the AL to win so Mo gets to record the final out.

  29. Pasta says:

    Fuch me !!!!!!

  30. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    No. No. No no no no no no no no no no no no.

  31. The Real Greg says:

    Yep he’s going to the DL.

  32. Wheels says:

    Fuck!

  33. Jacob the OG says:

    That really sounded like something cracked.

  34. Bo Knows says:

    that was a 97 mph heater square on the knee, if Cano goes down…..fuck

  35. Pasta says:

    Another reason to hate the Mets

  36. Mykey says:

    I just hope Harvey gets roughed up now.

  37. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I haven’t turned on the game yet. Can someone just calmly tell me what happened?

  38. ClayDavis says:

    Can’t make this up. What a nightmare season

  39. hogsmog says:

    ok well I have some fucks too guys here they are:

    fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck FUCK FUCK fuck FUCK

  40. Jorge Brosada says:

    Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck Harvey

  41. Pat D says:

    So, I go to check the box score page on ESPN, see Pedroia listed as “PR” already, and then find these comments.

    I hope I have some alcohol in the house.

  42. The Real Greg says:

    Now there is good news. If he’s out for any major length of time, it might give us contract leverage.

  43. Frank says:

    I see the Yanks’ good fortune is continuing right through the All-Star break. Girardi will have no hair by the end of this season.

  44. Jacob the OG says:

    Just what Cano needed — a reason not to run hard #Yankees— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 17, 2013

    Just to make light of the situation

  45. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    This pessimistic asshole can’t wait for this year to be over already.

  46. J-Bird says:

    So that was a horrible start

    On a side note, how good looking is Erin Andrews

  47. Jacob the OG says:

    Told Cano got hit more in the quadriceps than the knee – and that he should be fine.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 17, 2013

    Thank Mo

  48. Roadgeek Adam says:

    That clearly changed the mood here.

    Can’t really say much but that it happens.

  49. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Looks like he walked off on his own volition. It’s his knee. If it was that bad, he wouldn’t be walking off like that. Let’s calm the hell down.

    Also, really, bitching on Harvey? Biggest moment of his career so far. One got away from him. Shit happens. I hope the AL wins, but that’s a New York pitcher, and one many friends of mine are big fans of. I’m still glad he got his two solid innings.

    • The Real Greg says:

      The guy was clearly nervous and amped up. I lay no blame on him.

      I blame Mo for retiring and angering the baseball gods so that they would get revenge on the Yankees.

      /kidding

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I’m a New Yorker. I’m not holding ill will towards Matt Harvey. He’s been one of the best stories in this town in a while.

        • Pasta says:

          Fuck Harvey!
          -Roger Clemens

        • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

          Kinda wished he looked more apologetic or at least checked on Cano after he hit him though. Regular season game, sure don’t pay the guy you hit any attention and act indifferent but you drilled a guy in the knee with a 97mph fastball in an exhibition game, would be a good gesture to check on him or something. But I get it, I only feel this way because I’m a Yankee fan right now.

    • Winter says:

      I’m not upset at all with Harvey, that kinda stuff happens. Can’t get upset at Harvey for losing control of an inside pitch in the first inning of the All-Star Game.

      On your other point, just because he walked of the field doesn’t mean it’s not serious. It looked like it hit him square on the knee and it didn’t sound so great. Hopefully Rosenthal’s tweet is accurate.

  50. Wheels says:

    Well, I guess he’s fine then.

  51. Winter says:

    X-Rays negative… that was fast.

  52. Oldmanalex says:

    Cabrera top 10 of all time…. Rank prime arod vs prime pujols vs current Cabrera

  53. Pasta says:

    Cano xray negative
    So only dl stint will be girardi playing him every other game.
    Yeah nunez cruz gonzales .

  54. The Real Greg says:

    Someone mentioned swelling. What are the odds of swelling in that type of injury?

  55. Now Batting says:

    I don’t want Mo pitching in this game.

  56. Wheels says:

    Thanks Robbie for chilling us out.

  57. pat says:

    Hopefully Cano doesn’t have to speak in his new Pepsi ads.

  58. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Great interview with Robbie there. I especially liked the part where he told Pasta to chill the fuck out.

  59. Pasta says:

    Leyland an idoit rivera deserves to save it. Not 8th inning shit

    • Winter says:

      He’s worried there won’t be an bottom of the 9th. If the NL takes the lead in the 8th inning, Rivera wouldn’t get a chance to pitch at all.

      • The Real Greg says:

        Yeah, that’s the rub

        • Tom says:

          So he couldn’t just have Rivera warming up to start the 8th?

          If the NL does take the lead, bring him in at that point (or bring him in if there 2men reach). I believe baseball rules allow you to bring someone during an inning.

          If Nathan or whoever shuts the door, then you wait until the 9th.

          • The Real Greg says:

            Of course if you brought him in in the middle of an inning, you couldn’t have the moment we just saw.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

        They could always get Rivera in later in the 8th if that happened.
        It’s not like 3 runs (now 4) would suddenly, magically occur. There would be some forewarning.

        • Winter says:

          You really would rather see Mo come in to the the middle of an inning and deal with someone else’s jam?

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

            No. But I also think it wouldn’t likely come to that. Most likely, he’d just pitch the ninth. Unlikely, worst case scenario, he comes in after the NL takes a lead in the eighth to make sure he gets an appearance.
            I don’t care much either way, but I don’t think doing it this way was necessary.

  60. CashmanNinja says:

    Hopefully that extra run just provided enough cushion to let Mo pitch the 9th. He ends games. Let him end this one.

  61. The Real Greg says:

    Let’s see what that run does.

  62. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/.....59920.html

    heh

  63. Bo Knows says:

    Those two Texas Rangers girls were hot, show them again and I’ll sing Sweet Caroline haha

  64. Pasta says:

    Play enter sandman already

  65. CashmanNinja says:

    Oh well…was hoping he’d get the save.

  66. Bo Knows says:

    For the last time, in an allstar game, The Sandman Cometh

  67. Petebest says:

    Mo pitching here is the dumbest shit ever

  68. Robinson Tilapia says:

    See that moment right there? I don’t care how old or young you are. That is one of the greatest All-Star Game moments of all time, and one of the greatest moments you will witness in your lifetime as a Yankee fan.

  69. Oldmanale says:

    Eighth inning???

  70. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Also, who gives a shit what inning this is? No one will remember what inning it was. They’ll remember him tipping his hat to the crowd right there in tears.

    • 4 Train says:

      Damn I never agree with anything you post. It’s freaking unreal man. You would think by posting 300 comments you make everyday I would at some point agree with one of them, but nope. Never happens. This is as usual an idiotic take on the issue.

  71. Jack P says:

    Asshole Leiland pitching Rivera in the 8th, classless as shit. At least he got a riveting ovation, that was great

  72. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Mark Feinsand
    ?@FeinsandNYDN
    Overheard in press box: “I’m surprised Leyland even put Rivera on the team. He doesn’t have a single win.”
    —–

    #Tillman

  73. Jack P says:

    Nice job Mo’ end this inning!

  74. Jack P says:

    Lol the ump is giving Rivera some borderline calls here, he deserves it.

  75. Winter says:

    How much you wanna bet they interview Perez about catching Rivera and he says something about not having to move his glove?

  76. Bo Knows says:

    That’s awesome, Chris Davis is even trying to catch history recording it on his phone.

  77. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Without a doubt, the greatest to ever play his position in baseball history.

  78. forensic says:

    Didn’t break a bat or K anyone?

    Mo sucks…

  79. The Real Greg says:

    If I’m Leyland, I might think about it if the AL scores another run here.

  80. nycsportzfan says:

    Typical MO. No threat what so ever for the opposition.

  81. Bo Knows says:

    Mo aka Sandman aka Slayer of Giants and Bats aka the Greatest of All Time aka the Right Hand of God

    I applaud him for all the memories, this will be another

  82. Kramerica Industries says:

    Prudent or not, fuck it.

    It’s Mo final season. The Yankees owe it to him to make some deadline moves that can help push this team into the playoffs.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      That’s my thinking as well. Probably not a good idea long term, but I’d really hate to see Mo go out not in the playoffs.
      Though I’m not sure they can realistically do enough to definitely make the playoffs,

    • forensic says:

      Eh, I still stand by my feeling that I don’t want them making decisions based on who is or isn’t retiring. There’s a bigger picture they should be looking at.

  83. Duh Injuries says:

    Leyland’s an idiot for bringing in Mo an inning too early cuz whoever he brings in after Mo will not be as good as Mo, I could care less what the guy’s ERA, WHIP etc. is. The NL has just let out a sign of relief now that Mo is out of the game and will think they still have a chance even down 3-0.

    If the N.L. somehow comes back to tie this game, this game would be a great Exhibit A for the best manager of the first half to be the All-Star Game manager of the league who lost last year’s World Series, not last year’s losing World Series manager (in this case Leyland.)

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      This borders on EddardWorld.

      • Duh Injuries says:

        Hey moron you do know the game counts for homefield advantage in the World Series, right? Obviously not.

        Nathan was ONE PITCH AWAY from bringing the potential tying run to the plate and the potential winning run on deck.

        I seriously doubt it would’ve got to that point if Mo was in there.

        Mo should’ve closed the game period, end of story, case fucking closed.

    • Winter says:

      Leyland went to Rivera in the 8th because, if he brought in someone else and the NL took the lead, then there wouldn’t be a 9th and Rivera wouldn’t pitch at all.

      • Duh Injuries says:

        Oh shut the FUCK up.

        1. Joe Nathan would’ve been brought in the 8th and not given up three runs, he would’ve collected the hold, or a combination of two guys tops would’ve collected the hold. The NL bats looked dead out there like the AL bats were dead out there last year.

        2. Mo would’ve came in for the last out of the eighth if things got too dicey, it’s called no baseball tomorrow or Thursday and it’s his last game.

        3. If the NL blew the lead and it was 10-3 NL at 8th inning’s end, Mo would’ve come in the inning at some point (NL up 8-3? Whatever.) No way he wasn’t getting in this game even if it meant for one batter and the AL was tied or down.

        4. Shut up.

        BTW I didn’t realize you had to manage an All-Star Game so everyone could get in it instead of win it for homefield advantage in the World Series, thanks.

        IDIOTS.

    • BFDeal says:

      Did you eat a lot of paint chips as a kid?

  84. The Real Greg says:

    Prince with the motor!

    • Duh Injuries says:

      No, but you sure did for your 2013 thinking that Mo should’ve been brought in for the hold in a game where it was a save situation (three-run lead.)

      Defend Leyland some more, moron.

      Again, Nathan was one pitch away from bringing the potential tying run at the plate and potential winning run on deck. That doesn’t happen if Mo is in the game. The 9th inning is a totally different animal than the 8th – see Mo in the 9th since 1997 (since you obviously haven’t.) Nathan was better suited for the 8th based on achievement.

      And again spare me if the AL blew the lead Mo wouldn’t have got in the game when he would’ve.

      BTW if this game was about getting Mo in it why bring him in so late? Hey what if something acted up and he couldn’t pitch? All that time not in the game ya know.

  85. Bo Knows says:

    That is something I never thought I’d see, a 300+ lb bowling ball legging out a triple

  86. Winter says:

    I’m pretty sure Prince Fielder is the most surprised person in baseball right now.

  87. Pasta says:

    How long until Mo is back with the Yankees as a pitching coach? Teaching the cutter.

  88. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Mariano Rivera: “I’m so glad I got to pitch the 8th. Now I get to check out all the awesome food at this stadium. Can you believe this place has a Shake Shack? Is that Blue Smoke over there? Why don’t we have this stuff?”

    • Winter says:

      Wait, Citi Field has a Shake Shack and a Blue Smoke? So does National’s Park in DC!

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Really? I didn’t know that. Danny Meyer’s spreading his wings.

        Citifield’s got both. It was glorious to sit in a luxury suit there last season and just get endless platters of both. Just glorious.

        I’ll never claim I’d make a better GM for the Yankees, but you’re damn straight I could have arranged better concessions.

  89. nycsportzfan says:

    I don’t get why MO woulden’t of been able to pitch the 9th? MO said “you know the game of baseball, anything can happen”, when referring to him pitching the 8th over 9th, but one things for sure, the Home teams gonna bat in the bottom of the 9th. I would’ve rather seen MO pitch the bottom of the 9th.

    • The Doctor says:

      Well I guess the concern was that whoever pitched the 8th instead could blow the lead and then Mo wouldn’t get in at all. Fair enough.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I’m sort of floored that people are upset over this.

        • forensic says:

          Personally, it kinda sucks but I’m not too upset about it. Do think it’s a little too conservative/worried/over-managing though.

        • nycsportzfan says:

          I’m not upset. I’d of rather seen him in the 9th, weather it was a SV or non SV situation. As it is, he pitched a non SV situation anyhow. At least let em close the game out, and have his minute in the sun when no one else was worrying about entering the game possibly still.

  90. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Good. We’ll win the World Series right at Yankee Stadium now.

    #ohyouresuchapollyannasuckmynuts

  91. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Every time I look at Ken Rosenthal, I think “how in the world do I trust a guy dressed like that to give me trade rumors?”

  92. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    The REAL reason Mo pitched the 8th.

    https://twitter.com/DRob30/status/357334966729834498

  93. The Real Greg says:

    An All Star edition of the Cavalcade of Cash and Prizes!

  94. Duh Injuries says:

    Yeah, the #1 play of the first half of the season was a homerun by Angel Pagan, GTFO.

    Try the Yankees’ TRIPLE PLAY.

    ‘Love FOX’s Yankees’ double-hatred of the Yankees in the top five plays of the first half segment: Play #5 against the Yanks and Play #1 not the Yanks’ Triple Play. FUCK FOX. And fuck FOX for demonizing Trayvon Martin.

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