It’s Time For The MLB All-Star Game To Be Fun Again

13
Jul

I know full well that I’m not the first person to write this, and it seems fairly clear that I won’t be the last, but I suppose there’s a reason for that. Maybe if there’s an abundance of articles, tweets and smoke signals about something and there’s still no change, it’s just a sign that more of the same needs to keep coming. After all, Einstein said insanity is┬ádoing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way. I miss the MLB All-Star game. I miss when players played for the sake of playing in the league’s most prestigious game. I miss when the league’s reason for having the game and the fans’ reason for watching were the same. I miss when the All-Star game was fun.

After all, remember this moment?

Or this one?

Or even this?

I could go on and on posting videos all day, but it’s really baffling that the league hasn’t realized how bogus it is to have the All-Star game determine home field for the World Series. Let’s look at the 2014 season for a minute. The San Fransisco Giants would go on to win the World Series. They did not have home field advantage, due to the National League losing the All-Star game. The Giants played a big role in this, with a whopping two players on the active roster for the game. Hunter Pence faced two pitches, and Tim Hudson didn’t throw a pitch. As much as some made up “Pride in League” could come into play, I doubt Starlin Castro was stepping up to the plate thinking about how he had to have a quality at bat so the Giants could bring home a World Series title.

I think home field advantage is a bit overstated, but looking at the past six series, the 2014 Giants were the only team to overcome their league losing the All-Star game. And if nothing else, this year’s Royals voting force showed that if fans are going to pick the teams, then the game really can’t stand for anything.

Manfred, I’m nearly begging you. Right Selig’s wrongs.

About the author: Alex Lowe

A former college athlete in a sport that no one cared about, Alex now spends most of his days being a furiously biased Bulls and Braves fan. When he's not busy with that, he still imagines his 5'7" self making an improbable rise to NBA stardom.