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Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I know I said yesterday (and last year... and the year before that) that I am not a fan of the All Star Game, but I've got to admit that last night's epic game was quite enjoyable. I watched the whole damn thing and although I did get a little worried about injuries - especially with all that base-stealing and sliding - the excitement of the close game over-rode my worrywart-ness. Here's a little rundown of the highlights (and lowlights!) of the game:

Big Stein aint always a hardass: The pre-game haps were great, particularly seeing The Boss show his tender side with a few tears as he scooted across the field in his souped up golf cart. It's good to get a reminder that at heart he's a huge baseball fan and appreciates both the game and the people that have made an impact on it.

Ugly Uggla: My heart goes out to the poor sap, who made 3 errors in the game and didn't do anything at the plate, either. It was reportedly his dad's dream to see his boy play at Yankee Stadium, and it seemed like the he just couldn't handle the pressure. I have a feeling he shed more tears than Stein back in the clubhouse.

Loserbon: Is it wrong that I was rooting for Papelbon to blow it? After reading what he said about having "earned" the closer role just as much as Mo I was positively giddy with glee when he when he didn't pitch perfectly.

Can't hate on you, Drew: I'll give credit where credit is due, even to a Sox (Sox?). Thanks for your hard work and congrats on the MVP - you deserve!

Wait! What about Sherrill? The O's pitcher got the AL team out of a bases loaded jam and went a season high 2 2/3 solid innings. Can we give him a mini-mvp?

What gives, NL? I'm glad the AL won of course, but come on now. This is getting pathetic.

Twas more fun than I'd anticipated, but I'm glad its over. Is it Friday yet?

posted by Yankees Chick @ Wednesday, July 16, 2008  
8 Comments:
  • At 7:21 AM, Anonymous Bernie W. said…

    Seeing "The Boss" made me feel sad for him. It is not easy to see some people grow old.

     
  • At 10:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    YC,

    You're not so bad. Congratulating the MVP like that was really cool. You, unlike the rest of "your people" (Yank fans) realize that Drew was doing his part for the bigger picture: a Red Sox homefield advantage in the World Series.....I mean, I mean: homefield advantage for the American League team-to-be in the World Series!

    Mother always said: You can't rely on anyone. If you need something done right. You have to do it your self!

    Good Job J.D.!!!!!!!!!!!

    REPEAT RED SOX 2008

    As if you can't figure that one out by now!

    The writing is on the wall!

    The new order has been put in place and a new dynsty has been born in Boston: City of Champions!

     
  • At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    YC,

    You're not so bad. Congratulating the MVP like that was really cool. You, unlike the rest of "your people" (Yank fans) realize that Drew was doing his part for the bigger picture: a Red Sox homefield advantage in the World Series.....I mean, I mean: homefield advantage for the American League team-to-be in the World Series!

    Mother always said: You can't rely on anyone. If you need something done right. You have to do it your self!

    Good Job J.D.!!!!!!!!!!!

    REPEAT RED SOX 2008

    As if you can't figure that one out by now!

    The writing is on the wall!

    The new order has been put in place and a new dynsty has been born in Boston: City of Champions!

     
  • At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Joe said…

    LOL @ Papelbum. Around the 7th inning, I was losing interest in the game. Then Papelbon came in and I watched closely, hoping he'd blow it.

    Aside from watching Rivera pitch pretty well, Papelbum's suckage was the highlight of the game for me.

    BTW Uggla's 3rd error definitely shouldn't have been one. The ball had a terrible hop to it. The umps should've been easier on the poor guy and called it right. LOL

     
  • At 10:32 AM, Blogger William said…

    I was lucky enough to attend on Tuesday (still recovering) and thought I would share my thoughts for they are (not)worth:

    - Loved that they brought out the HOF's
    - Sheryl Crow? come on. I would have rather seen Bette Midler. At least that could have started a good Seinfeld discussion
    - As it got later and later, people obviously started to leave. The bleachers, however, remained full which was impressive
    -Stand Up for a Cure - Ok, their heart was in the right place, but it seemed a little forced - especially the way Selig read from his paper.. At least now I know what to do with a buddy's phone or crackberry when they leave it on their desk :)

    Before the game started, I commented to my buddy how we lucked out with nice weather. That got me thinking, what happens if it is raining? like REALLY raining. Any idea? Has that happened? Do they just wait for the rain to stop and then start? You can't reschedule the All-star game, can you?

     
  • At 12:47 PM, Anonymous Brett said…

    YC,

    Just have to say, about the 'Papelbum' comment...

    Please, go and read the articles on it, what he actually said during the interview and after, and what he dealt with during the parade. While I realize that, with a large fanbase, everyone tends to get some less-than-civilized folk in the team gear... it was sad. I'd particularly like to point you to the Page 2 article written by the guy who drove the drunk Paps and his wife were sitting in.

    Other than that, keep up the good work, and here's hoping the Yanks pull themselves together over the second half. Battling the Rays for the division just doesn't seem right...

     
  • At 2:37 PM, Anonymous A Baseball Fan said…

    Hard to contemplate people who translate the ASG into a Yankees/Red Sox thing, but what can anyone expect when the media whips people into a frenzy, and they willingly bleat like sheep.

    How unfortunate that the fans of the game could not set aside their bias, while all the AL players on the field did.

     
  • At 9:55 PM, Anonymous Back 2 Back N '08 said…

    I don't really understand how everyone is saying that Papelbon blew it. Two strikeouts, one bloop hit, and an unearned run doesn't sound too bad to me. It sounds to me like the defense had a little bit of a let down. And by Papelbon saying he wanted the closers job, thats just him. He's a competitor and wants to be handed the ball in crunch time. It was nothing against Rivera, he just wanted the ball. Any of those closers would have said the same thing. Can't wait to see the riverdance again in '08. Go SOX!

     
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