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At least I think they should be.
Live from PNC Park in Pittsburgh!
(It will be, just give it time.)
The American League and National League duke it out to see who Mom likes best. (If my mom were still alive she would be rooting for the NL as she just didn't do the AL.)
I've heard stories that this game counts. So I'll be checking the standings tomorrow to see who's ahead.
But let's all enjoy the All-Star Game and its pointless spectacle in a spirit of comity! Let our AL brothers and our NL brothers shake hands and come out playing fair. No head-butting!
Here's the list:
Brad Penny will become the 10th pitcher in Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers history to start in an All-Star game
(* two games were played from 1959 to 1962):
Brad Penny: 2006
Hideo Nomo: 1995
Fernando Valenzuela: 1981
Don Sutton: 1977
Andy Messersmith: 1974
Don Drysdale: 1959, '62, '64, '68
Sandy Koufax: 1966
Johnny Podres*: 1962
Ralph Branca: 1948
Whit Wyatt: 1941
Well, OK. It wasn't till 1962 that he started showing what he could do, so there was only one AS Game per year during that incredible stretch he had.
a) An east coast media bias influencing the fan vote
b) A simple population advantage skewing the fan vote
c) The ability of rich east coast teams to sign the best players
f) Steroids, Bud Selig and the DH
g) We rule, you drool
Further to b) and g) where does this east coast voter turnout/influence go when it's time to vote for members of the federal government?
And/or a spirit of comedy.
I was so excited to see it. I was really excited to see Dave Stieb because it was very rare that anyone in Southern California would ever see a Blue Jays player. The Angels wouldn't bother televising games from there.
That was the highlight.
And it was the debut of Diamondvision.
The Home Run Derby chat had the most comments in Griddle History, but was way off in terms of total visitors. That record is still held by a USA-Korea game in the WBC.
The link to the game is the MLB.com Gameday link as I finally deciphered their URL.
Nice of Atlee Hammaker to show up as the mystery guest on What's My Line over at DT by the way.
No, I don't remember how it ended.
(Note: That was a trick question)
Beg to differ. I was at Dodger Stadium the Sunday before the All-Star break for Old-Timer's day. (this game: http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B07060LAN1980.htm)
During the old-timer's festivities the centerfield wall opened up and Joe DiMaggio, Duke Snider and Willie Mays walked out in uniform. While they were walking the Diamond Vision screen was turned on for the first time ever for about 10 seconds to show them walking in.
The Dodgers retired Duke Sniders number that day as well AND Hank Aaron singled off of Sandy Koufax to plate the winning run in the Old-Timers game AND it was Willie McCovey's last game in the major leagues and he hit a sacrafice fly as a pinch hitter.
Other than that the game doesn't stand out as being particularly memorable.
What idiot made out that lineup?
Wright could be replaced at third after he bats, in a double switch. The NL lists five 3Bs on its roster (including Nomar). Penny's replacement will bat 6th. You then could have a lineup (starting from the 7 hole) of:
That's not bad, in theory.
Wasn't that 1971?
That was the BEST OF throw I've ever seen.
National League wins 9-5 as the NL bats were just too much for the AL pitchers to handle. Howard(2), Pujols and Wright all homered for the NL. Wright's was a 3 run HR and Howard connected for two. For the AL, the #8 spot of Loretta/F.Lopez went 4 for 4. David Wright was named the MVP of the game going 3 for 4 with a HR and 4 RBIs. Brad Penny got the win, Rogers the loss. Rogers was roughed up for 3 runs in the first inning and had to be relieved by J.Santana. Jim Tracy blamed the loss on pirated software. vr, Xei
Does any American sporting event start at the designated time?
You know what was weird about the World Cup. When they would say that the match was starting at noon or 6 am or whatever, it started at that time.
They do all the pregame folderol in a very specific timeframe on the other side of the pond.
Also this son of a dairy farmer is going to tell you some stories.
What was wrong with the throw the baseball through a one square foot target, or whatever? I realize the gameday followers don't know what I'm talking about, but I feel very passionately that some teenage Pittsburgher got hosed on t.v., by Taco Bell.
If that's so, the White Sox are doomed as they have been the most infected.
70 Because Phil Garner is the manager (i.e. bad decisions are bound to be made).
Is there a 9th circuit for appeals plays in the ASG?
Not a bad looker is that Carrie Underwood...
They do, but only in the AL parks.
Not that I can tell, but I will check with the Department of Unintended Insults.
It didn't fare as well.
I think if HSC lifts some weights and gains some muscles, it would bode well for his career.
Ah, Ichiro... a Korean favorite!
I do love garlic, however.
Penny's showcasing himself for something!
"Where's your ring?" - Bronson
"Right...." - Nomar
Pudding for brains.
I'm gonna be bold and predict 2-1 NL, both of the runs will come on an inside the park HR by my man CHASE!! UTLEY!!!!!!!!
BTW, out of the 5 unsigned 1st Round picks, 3 are Boras' clients with the other 2 being the Tar Heel pitchers.
And isn't the NL gonna win this because they actually took the league's best players, unlike the AL?
Albert Pujols/David Weathers for Carlos Delgado/Carl Crawford - built up a nice 20 point lead in a 13 team 5X5 lead, in which my worst category is steals....
Kershaw's 12:1 K/bb ratio is pretty sexy.
I predict a bomb, right now!
They give the win to whoever is pitching when the team goes ahead for good.
Meanwhile, the thing I really hate about the All Star Game is the incessant Mark Redman talk.
this game counts, remember?
Only because Lucille II didn't make the team.
3. Eligible Candidates Candidates to be eligible must meet the following requirements:
A baseball player must have been active as a player in the Major Leagues at some time during a period beginning twenty (20) years before and ending five (5) years prior to election.
Player must have played in each of ten (10) Major League championship seasons, some part of which must have been within the period described in 3 (A).
Player shall have ceased to be an active player in the Major Leagues at least five (5) calendar years preceding the election but may be otherwise connected with baseball.
In case of the death of an active player or a player who has been retired for less than five (5) full years, a candidate who is otherwise eligible shall be eligible in the next regular election held at least six (6) months after the date of death or after the end of the five (5) year period, whichever occurs first.
Any player on Baseball's ineligible list shall not be an eligible candidate
1) Jim Tracy
2) Sam DC
3) Alfonso Soriano
4) Glenn Hoffman
5) Mark Hendrickson
But the dream police live inside your head.
"England are hoping for a better result against Portugal..."
in which case would you use "whomever"?
Checking the score on your blackberry while putting the kids to sleep?
While catching up with the thread, I mis-read this remark by Bob as referring to the comment that Carrie Underwood is a looker. Saucy Bob, I thought.
I have no idea who she is.
This can't be good.
It's sort of like those pointless montages in the middle of the Oscars.
All I know about oldbear is what I've inferred through the satire of "witheredgrizzlie" or whatever his name was.
Double bonus points to anyone who knows what high school he went to.
Triple bonus points if you know what high school his father went to.
They get to their seats in a very orderly fashion.
And Guillen would bring in Jenks first.
I'm going to miss the ending as I drive home.
I think the Prius can wait a half inning for you...
I leave Jon is charge of the helm.
I'm gonna be bold and predict 2-1 NL...
BUT WHY WAS ROLEN NOT IN THERE?!?!?!?!?
Time to go watch quietly again.
It's not like we're in front of his home crowd or something.
And, of course, Garner doesn't use him and loses. Great job once again, Mr. Manager.
Hopefully this keeps overrated Hoffman out of the HOF.
So it wasn't actually just an evil joke, kinda like this?
I've been to one my entire life. And the Galaxy used to play 10 minutes from my home.
By the way, this is my first post on a "Dodger Thoughts" related forum. I've been reading Jon's and everyone else's posts for about two years, and I have felt now obligated to join. I hope my contributions here benefit the DT community.
Chris Young was a "Last Man" candidate, but lost out to Nomar Garciaparra. I think he finished fifth. Peavy has a losing record despite having pretty good peripherals.
I guess you can argue that Bill Hall is better this year though.
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