This managers for this year's All Star Game, Chicago's Ozzie Guillen and Houston's Phil Garner, have promised, no they have vowed (possibly before God in a religious ceremony) that they try their best to win the game for their league.
Do players agree?
So what exactly has been the impact of the change? Are the players consciously playing to give their league brethren a better shot in October? Many former All-Stars say no, indicating there is no shift in their approaches.
"I don't think so. It's more of just a fan thing," Pirates first baseman Sean Casey said. "You know that it's definitely something that matters, but hey, you want to enjoy making the game. Instead of having off days, you're at the All-Star Game and that's awesome, but you want to enjoy it, not stress out about it."
"That's all image. That's what the fans and the league comes up with," Twins center fielder Torii Hunter said. "[Home-field] has nothing to do with it. People go there for the honor of going to the All-Star Game. It's kind of like a vacation and fun time for the players."