Is There Any Other Headline? The American League Wins...Again!
Jul 16, 2009
It's starting to get to a point where watching the All-Star Game just isn't fun anymore if you are a fan of a National League team. The NL hasn't won the All-Star Game since 1996; that's 13 years! Every year, you think to yourself, "this is going to be the year" and it really looked that way this time around, but in the end, the American League found a way to win. The game isn't that entertaining of a show in the first place, but this year's was a big deal as President Obama (who stole the show by the way) threw out the first pitch in his Chicago White Sox jacket. This was also the first time since the sixties that the All-Star game was held in St. Louis, which is known to be a huge baseball town. It was also a big deal to me since the NL roster was filled with Phillies along with their manager, Charlie Manuel, at the helm. But even with all the hype, it was a pretty big let down.
It was the bottom of the eighth and Ryan Howard of the Phillies was up at bat with two men in scoring position (second and third base) with two outs in the inning, the AL up 4-3 late. Howard was in a situation where the pitcher, Jonathan Paplebon of the Boston Red Sox, wasn't going to give Howard anything to hit and would probably walk him to load the bases. Paplebon was keep keeping the ball low, as in hitting the ground low. With this great scoring chance to possibly tie or even take the game late, what does Howard do? he swings at a pitch in the dirt, ending the inning. Now I know that Howard strikes out a lot, but when it matters, really matters, he comes through and he didn't here and it was extremely frustrating. Not just for me as a Phillies fan, but I'm sure for all those folks as well who were pulling for the NL to finally get an All-Star Game victory again. Eve when the NL wins the World Series, it seems like the AL just becomes this animal when the All-Star break comes around. The truly best part of the All-Star Game though was getting to listen to President Obama help call an inning of the game, I mean that truly was a treat. He wasn't presidential at all and it really seemed like he was just laid back and loved talking about the game.
The only thing that I think of when the American League wins the home field advantage is that it gives the National League a better chance to win the World Series at home. At least that's how I look at it. This one wasn't one for the ages, but it had its special moments. Obama's first pitch was very fun to watch as well as watching him announce an inning. What if Obama hadn't gotten into politics? He would have been the White Sox's play by play guy. Not really, but oh well. Hopefully the NL can make some magic next year, I'm keeping my fingers crossed! 2/5!
These things are little more than chances for fans to see if player A is really better than player B. Giving home field advantage in the World Series to the league that wins is a load of grade-a bullshit.
The game was close and should have rated as a nail biter. Other than the Ryan Howard strikeout in the 8th and the Carl Crawford catch, you could have skipped this one. The only excitement was the inning that the NL scored all their runs and during that time Obama visited with Messrs McCarver and Buck and the game was virtually ignored.
Hi, my name is Julian Brown. I currently write for The Brotherly Game, a local Philadelphia soccer website where I cover the US Women's National Team and the local WPS Philadelphia Independence. I … more
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