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  • July 16th, 2013

    July 16, 2013:
    The All-Star Game–and Other Randomness…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:25 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    I like the Homer Run Derby; its something different than we are used to seeing; You never know what is going to happen (28 (!!) homers in Round 1 for Josh Hamilton, in 2008m and yet he lost to Justin Morneau in the finals–HELLO…) and with the exception of that complete tool Chris Berman and his infernal “Back Back Back”, its a decent replacement for baseball, if we have to go without baseball…

    Speaking of Infernal Berman, someone should have took him aside YEARS ago and slapped him upside the head and said “You! Stop talking!” But apparently, the powers that be at ESPN actually think that he has some redeeming quality that serves them well. Nope. Not seeing it. Not even a little.

    But then again, Fox is convinced that Buck and Carver are actually GOOD at what they do, when I have never met a SINGLE SOLITRAY person who actually thought B & C were even remotely entertaining, knowledgeable, or talented…

    And, of course, THEY will be doing the commentary/color work on tonight’s All-Star game at Citi-Field in NYC.  So so SO happy McCarver is retiring this year…

    But that isn’t the only reason I don’t like the All-Star game.  I made a list. 

    The whole event is just a HUGE contrivance, and the whole “This time it counts” thing was nonsense from Day 1. The voting process is F.L.A.W.ED–Flawed. 25 votes per e-mail addy? Its a complete and utter popularity contest.  And DO NOT even get me started on the whole 2002 debacle…WHAT a cluster…

    If you WANT the game to mean something, then DO IT RIGHT. Have the players and coaches vote for the majority of the players, based on MERIT. And knock it off with this “there needs to be at least 1 player from every team represented” nonsense. If its a crappy team with no worthy players, then they should not get there just because “everyone wins, everyone gets a trophy” This is PROFESSIONAL baseball, folks…

    And, if you insist on getting the fans involved, allow them ONE VOTE EACH to vote for like the infield reserves or something–wont be able to do too much damage that way…

    Until then, please spare me the “who do you think will win?” Who will be the MVP of the all-star game”? No one really cares, K?

    Save the predictions for the 162 games that actually DO mean something…

    Speaking of 162, did anyone actually think the Sox would be 58-39 at the All-Star Break and own the best record in AL, and #2 overall? Not I. And if they keep this pace, they are looking at about 90 wins, and, more than likely, a place at the dance…

    But one of the pieces the Sox need is a healthy That Clay Person. And that seems pretty elusive these days. Still having pain in the trap area of his neck, he has basically told the Red Sox Mgmt and medical staff that he doesn’t want to start a rehab assignment until he is pain free…and he is not quite there yet…He is scheduled for another bullpen session on Thursday in Boston, as the Sox gear up to face the Skanks at the Fens over the weekend…

    And to kick off the 2nd half of the season, Felix Doubront gets the start on Friday night in the 1st game of 3 against the Skanks. We’ll run a blackboard later in the week to see how it all shakes out, but, suffice it to say, the Sox won’t be losing their first in the AL Standing after THIS weekend…

    Finally, don’t forget you have time left to post your favorite memory Red Sox memory for your chance to win some most excellent Sox Swag. All the details are here. Check it out!

    Coming up: the 84th Annual All-Star Game, played at Citi Field, in NYC. Detroit’s Max Scherzer gets the nod as starter for the AL, opposed by the Met’s Matt Harvey for the NL. Festivities begin on Fox at 7:30, but dont expect first pitch to be thrown for at least an hour later–and I am betting it’ll be closer to 9:00pm…

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