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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
And That Happened: All-Star Game EditionI 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:
Karros: So, does the best player in the game get butterflies?
Pujols: I don't think I'm the best player in the game.
Karros: Albert, we are men of action. Lies do not become us.
OK, that's not really what Karros said, but he should have.
AL wins again, which is fairly depressing for an NL Fan like me. Still, when you see Mariano Rivera closing it out, you have to appreciate how the currents of history are flowing these days. In 50 years, people are going to think about the mid-90s to the late oughts as a time when giants named Rivera and Jeter roamed the Earth, and games like this one are going to form the chronicle. To have interlopers like Francisco Cordero and Brad Hawpe screw with that narrative simply won't do, and we as NL fans have to accept that.
All in all a good game. Brisk. No silliness about everyone getting in the game. It felt like real baseball and looked like real baseball. I don't have any complaints. Good show Messers Manuel and Maddon. Crawford wins the MVP. He's as good a choice as any.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go pass out somewhere.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 12:13am
Way to go, Eric Stephen.
And even if, hypothetically, Kemp were feasting on the NL West, the West is the best division in the NL, based upon inter-divisional play.
NL East: .463
The Rockies would probably be leading the East by a few games, as they’re above .500 against both the Central and the East.
Posted 07/15 at 11:33 AM
David, you seem to be a lot more worked up about meaningless and retarded ceremonial first pitches than any other petty Americans I’ve come across.
Posted 07/15 at 12:00 PM
Well, since all I did was try to end any discussion about ceremonial first pitches, I’d think that I would “seem” to be worked up in the other direction.
But if I wasn’t clear before, I’ll be clear now: I have absolutely no desire to analyze ceremonial first pitches.
Sorry for the confusion, glad to have the chance to clear it up.
Posted 07/15 at 12:08 PM
Matt Kemp vs.
Western Division: .293/.365/.446/.811
Makes you appreciate the N.L. West’s pitching just a little more… Giants are in virtual tie for second best record in N.L., and Rockies are two games behind them.
Posted 07/15 at 12:23 PM
Dennis Koziel said...
I love the fact that the Fox announcers referred to the President as a “Lefty” and no one cackled at the comment. But I’m glad they didn’t. Baseball is no place for politics. It’s too important. The “hit by pitch” situation could have been worse. Colorado’s own BoB Davidson could have been behind the plate and he would have warned both benches after blowing the call.
Posted 07/15 at 12:37 PM
Steini's Famous Garbage Pitch said...
Any Pitch F/X analysis on Obama’s changeup yet?
And I really didn’t enjoy seeing Stan Musial in a golf cart.
Posted 07/15 at 02:36 PM
Nick Whitman said...
Slightly less angry at Joe Maddon today. Saving Wakefield as the long man makes sense, certainly, although he could have let Wakefield face the last batter or something. Mariano Rivera’s ego really doesn’t need to be stroked at every given opportunity, in my opinion.
I think it really just sucks that making the All-Star Game “count” robbed Tim Wakefield of his one chance to pitch in one. So I guess Bud Selig is to blame, as he is for so very many things.
I’ll just have to hate Joe Maddon simply for being part of the loathsome Devil Rays organization.
Posted 07/15 at 03:18 PM
Geez, heaven forbid the greatest closer of all time (and still extremely effective) get to close out the All Star Game. AFAIC, until he doesn’t deserve a spot on the team, he gets the call.
Posted 07/15 at 04:13 PM
The Commish said...
Dave and David:
Posted 07/15 at 05:37 PM
Searching for a Matt Kemp comeback…can’t find any…he is legitimately destructive against East and Central opponents and outside of his home ballpark when looking at OPS. Should have done the research first, but then the comments wouldn’t be as much fun would they?
Posted 07/15 at 11:22 PM
Spiral Stairs said...
“I LOVE that Obama came out in his White Sox jacket. Clinton would have conducted focus groups before deciding what to wear”
Don’t forget that Clinton openly rooted for the Razorbacks back in their glory years in the 90s. He actually got some flack for this. If I recall correctly, one of the announcers (can’t remember exactly who)during the ‘94 NCAA final game said “Doesn’t the president realize that Duke is in the United States too?”
Posted 07/16 at 01:10 PM