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The 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was billed as a pitchers duel. It started off with these two gentlemen…
…and didn’t wander too far from the script.
The first run of the game was scored by the AL in the fifth inning on a Robinson Cano sacrifice fly…
…after Dodger pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo’s throwing error allowed a man to stand on third base.
It wasn’t until the seventh inning when the NL finally began to build a rally, capped off by a bases-clearing single from Brian McCann:
The American Leaguers didn’t do anything else until the bottom of the ninth, when David Ortiz led off with a single and, with one out, John Buck did likewise. However, NL right fielder Marlon Byrd nabbed the ball on a hop and fired to second, gunning down the lead-footed Big Papi (and the AL’s serious chance of tying things up):
The obvious game MVP was McCann:
Matt Capps retired one batter to pick up the win, while Luke Hughes took the lose and Jonathan Broxton recorded the save.
About the only scary moment of the game came when Ryan Braun made a diving catch…
…and rolled right on top of his wrist. He came away from the play unscathed, but could have very easily broken his wrist on the play. Whew!
All in all, the 2010 ASG was a tight, well-played contest, and I was disppointed to hear today that it garnered such poor ratings on FOX. To me, the ASG is an event I look forward to every summer, and I don’t see why more people don’t get excited about it. Perhaps in this day and age of round-the-clock media coverage the fans actually need a “break” as much as the players, but not for me, I guess. I remember watching the game with stars in my eyes as a child, and I still do to this day.
When I was younger, voting for the annual Midsummer Classic was more of a science to me than anything. I would pore over the stats to try and determine who, categorically, was having the best season and vote for them above all other alliegences. In recent years, however, I have come to take a different approach: Just vote for the guys who I want to see in the game (within reason, of course!). Sure, the game actually “counts” now in terms of World Series home-field advantage, but at its core it still is really just a fantastic exhibition event that the fans love…the meaningfullness is only to keep the players interested.
That being said, here are what my current AL & NL All-Star ballots currently look like (barring any severe injuries or horrific slumps during the following month):
C: Joe Mauer
1B: Justin Morneau
2B: Dustin Pedroia
3B: Evan Longoria
SS: Derek Jeter
OF: Carl Crawford, Ichiro Suzuki, Denard Span (Write-In)
C: Brian McCann
1B: Albert Pujols
2B: Chase Utley
3B: Ryan Zimmerman
SS: Jose Reyes
OF: Ryan Braun, Raul Ibanez, Justin Upton
Also, if I had to pick the starting pitchers for each team right now, I would go with Roy “Doc” Halladay for the Americans and Johan Santana for the Nationals.