We can all agree that having the four Orioles, Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, and Manny Machado, going to the All-Star Game at Citi Field this year is pretty awesome.
As long as I can remember, the only memorable All-Star Game for Baltimore fans was in 2001 when Cal Ripken Jr. made his final appearance at Safeco Field.
Two memorable things that stood out: When, then Texas Rangers shortstop, Alex Rodriguez switched positions with Cal, who was taking the field at third at the start of the game.
Probably the classiest act Rodriguez has ever portrayed in the game of baseball.
Secondly, after a standing O, the “Ironman” (Ripken) stood in and jumped all over the first pitch he saw from Chan Ho Park that cleared the left field wall with ease. With that home run, Ripken (40 years old) became the oldest player to hit a home run in the star filled event.
Ripken went on to becoming the Most Valuable Player in that year’s mid-summer classic.
Priceless moments like that have come few far and in between when it comes to All-Star Games.
Of course it is exciting to see the best of the best come out and compete in one game, once a year, against each other.
But as the talent has gotten better over the years, the games have gotten less exciting.
And here’s why—PURE EXHAUSTION.
If you think of it, the NFL Pro Bowl is played now, a week before the Super Bowl, making any pro bowlers, who are going to the Super Bowl, ineligible to play because of running the risk of injury.
Additionally, it is an unnecessary end of the season game where the most talented players are exhausted from the 17 plus weeks of full fledge battering of each other, yet the NFL still holds this game for what reason?
Don’t these players deserve a break? The NFL doesn’t think so.
The MLB All-Star Game is played right smack in the middle of a 162 plus game season.
Don’t the stars deserve a rest or a “bye week” before starting an intense second half of a long season where every game matters? The MLB doesn’t think so either.
These games are continuously getting less exciting to watch that the voting for these events have gotten more exciting.
Let’s not even start with the NBA…
The voting is the becoming the most exciting part because every city/state wishes for the most selections from their hometown teams.
Even though we don’t care so much about the games anymore, we still hope that the best/most players from our Baltimore teams get the most votes.
That’s why this year’s MLB All-Star Game is so exciting for Baltimore because three Orioles will be starting!
So you know that every Orioles fan will watch their boys take the field in New York and as they leave the field around the third inning, fans will gradually turn off the game, unless there is another 2008 marathon where the game went to 15 innings and ended in a tie because all the pitchers were used up.
If that’s the case, hopefully Jim Leyland will save Chris Davis for later in the game so he can pitch—that’s something worth watching again.