Allow me to rant. Hope you don’t mind.
I’m not an All-Star game guy, and that goes for all sports. It’s generally meaningless with fancy buzzwords to make the results somewhat credible in the grand scheme of it all. Do you think Houston really cares about cementing Oakland’s suddenly very real possibility to get the all-important seventh game at home? Not really. And in the other sport’s games, they are nothing more than glorified, yawn-inducing scrimmages. They aren’t even all that compelling considering that the players aren’t even bothering to actually, y’know, compete.
So, in essence, I view the forthcoming All-Star break as nothing more than a break to catch up like other things. Like 24. Or The Americans. Or Homeland. Or Ren and Stimpy, I dunno. Just feels good to have a reset for the stretch run (…already?). Out of sight, out of mind, if you will, and I don’t even give a hoot about the Home Run Derby anymore, really. After a while, it starts to get monotonous about 20 minutes in. Maybe I’m just getting old (don’t answer that), but the whole shebang just doesn’t thrill me anymore. Homers are more fun when they’re unexpected. Games are more fun when they don’t come with contrived hooks. I used to get annoyed when players skip out on the festivities. Now, since I’m older, wiser and just plain crabby, I completely get why they do.
HAVING SAID THAT…
One way to get me interested again is to take away the fan voting.
Does Lord Jeter deserve to be in the game even by the slimmest degree of merit? Nope. Do most fans outside of Baltimore even know that Matt Wieters is out for the season and into the next (and has already been replaced)? HOW ON EARTH IS COREY KLUBER NOT ON THE ROSTER (yet)?
The popularity contest aspect of the fan voting cheapens what could make it all compelling. It should be done by people who actually know “stuff.” (Be it metrics or just pure, clear knowledge of the game at large other than the posterhogs.)
And yeah, somebody’s probably going to look at me and say that I’m just as guilty as being a homer as they are, but Kluber was eighth in the league prior to today’s ho-hum, no-big-whoop, 8.1 of ball and he continues to rack up the strikeouts at a rate we’ve not seen since CC was here. That’s a longer time away than it seems.
Mark Buerhle. Please.
So now the Rockies are doing this team-up thing with the Indians in where that they’ll vote for Kluber if we vote for Justin Morneau. I don’t wanna vote for Twins, or ex-Twins.
In the end, we all know how it will wrap up, consternation be damned. After all, this is “an exhibition” but with supposed stakes. We saw Kipnis get upstaged by Mariano Rivera’s going away tour last year. Don’t be surprised if it happens again, when Brantley hits a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to send Oakland on their way to gaining Game Seven.
Lord Jeter will get another car he doesn’t need along with his sham All-Star Game MVP for going 0-2 but winning the hearts over and over again of soccer mom’s near and far.
Corey Kluber will just wait for his next start; being a walking lesson in DILLIGAF that I should probably take note of.