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All Star Game Still Special and Doesn’t Have to Count

Posted on July 14th, 2010 by Joe Castellano

In anticipation of watching the 2010 Major League Baseball All Star Game, I thought about why I always get excited to watch this game. And it still has nothing to do with the fact that it COUNTS for home field advantage for the World Series. Honestly, I just don’t care who wins. This is about being entertained. This is about watching the best players in the game. And it’s about all of the teams being represented. It’s such an honor for these players to be elected or selected and they will always compete to win the game. No, it will never be like 30 or 40 years ago. I don’t think we’ll see another Pete Rose/Ray Fosse home plate collision. But it’s still special. The problem baseball has with the current format is that it doesn’t know what it wants for its identity. Is it an exhibition for fans of every team to enjoy and that’s why we must have at least one player from all 30 teams? Or is it a game the managers have to win at all costs? If the latter is the case, then why don’t the managers just pick the team that they feel gives them the best chance to win? Maybe there’s nobody from the Royals or the Pirates on the team in that case. The bottom line is that home field advantage for the World Series should be awarded to the team with the best record in the regular season. End of story. Then, we can feel comfortable about all of the teams being represented and just sit back and enjoy the game. Expanded rosters are fine since we don’t want any more ties. Without the World Series home field dynamic will the ratings slip? I doubt it.

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