And That Happened: All-Star Game Edition

I didn’t really live blog and didn’t even really keep too accurate a running diary. I mostly drank wine (like, a lot of wine) and cracked wise, occasionally remembering to write down my observations. And here they are: If aliens came down from outer space and just looked at the starting lineups, they’d think it […]

Lincecum on a leash

Tim Lincecum: more prepared this year than last: With tonight’s temperatures expected to reach a humid 86 degrees, Tim Lincecum knows from experience how to get ready for his first All-Star Game appearance — drink lots of liquids. The San Francisco Giants’ ace, picked to start for the National League, missed last year’s event in […]

Road tripping to the All-Star Game

Somewhere along the line Heath Bell knew there’d be girls, visions, everything; somewhere along the line the pearl would be handed to him: Bell was among the last All-Stars to arrive at their hotel, checking in at 10:17 a.m. Monday after he, Padres teammate Adrian Gonzalez, Gonzalez’s wife, Betsy, and batting practice pitcher Ray Krohn […]

The Josh Hamilton Tax?

I understand one part of this, but I’m not sure I understand the other: The average ticket price to the Major League Baseball All-Star game in St. Louis is down more than 50 percent from last year, while the ticket price to the Home Run Derby is up more than 9 percent. The average ticket […]

Ichiro, Ty Cobb and home runs

This morning in the recaps, I said this about Ichiro refusing MLB’s request that he participate in the Home Run Derby: The guy hits six homers a year. The only reason they’d want him in there is as a cynical ratings ploy for the Japanese market, which I’m assuming gets the All-Star broadcast. Good for […]

Betting on Victorino

Nothing makes baseball better than gambling! The final spot for the National League All-Star roster is up for grabs, and the governors of Hawaii andPennsylvania have made a friendly wager to rally online voting support for Phillies’ outfielder Shane Victorino, also known as the Flyin’ Hawaiian. Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle and Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. […]

Take THAT Jason!

The”Yay Jason” comment thread was getting worn out anyway . . . Dodgers manager Joe Torre said he doesn’t think suspended outfielder Manny Ramirez should be an All-Star this year, even though fans have him fourth in voting at the position. “No, I don’t, and if you ask Manny, he’d give you the same answer,” […]