Well, That Was Mildly Interesting (and Brief)

  • American League continues to own the National League


Unlike last year’s 150-inning, 72-hour snoozefest, this game was over in a little over two and a half hours.  Which was great, because there’s only so much Joe Buck and Tim McCarver that one person can stand before suffering some sort of catastrophic brain bleed.  Or throwing something at the tv.  The pre-game ceremony probably took a lot longer than the actual game itself, since it takes about an hour just to get through all the player introductions.  And for Sheryl Crow to butcher the national anthem.

Really, though, this game was probably about the best one in a long time.  After a few first-inning jitters, everyone seemed to settle down and play the sort of baseball you would expect from well, the best players in baseball.  The later innings had some of the best moments I’ve seen all year:  Carl Crawford robbing Brad Hawpe of a home run (and basically saving Jonathan Papelbon’s a** in the process, now that’s something you don’t see every day), Joe Nathan striking out Ryan Howard on a nasty slider in the dirt (and getting himself out of a jam), and Curtis Granderson legging out a triple and coming around to score on an Adam Jones sac fly.  Crawford’s catch was pretty much the difference maker in this game, and he was quite rightly named the MVP.  Papelbon got the win, and Mariano Rivera notched a record fourth ASG save. 

Our boys did a pretty good job representing Minnesota in the All-Star Game.  Joe Mauer caught for six innings, scored a run, and drove in the tying run on a double.  Joe Nathan managed to preserve the lead in the eighth, though he did make things a little more interesting than they really needed to be.  Hey, he hasn’t worked in almost a week just enjoys toying with his opponents.  That’s right, he just likes to let you think you’re staging a rally against him, then he breaks your heart with a slider in the dirt.  That’s not very nice, Joe.  Justin Morneau went 0-for-2, though he was robbed of a (probable) double by Jason Werth.  

And BOOOO!!!! to FOX for mentioning football about a million times during the broadcast. And showing commercials involving football about every three seconds.  Apparently this “baseball” thing is merely to hold us over until football season begins.



  1. rockymountainway

    let’s not get too crazy with the ownership label there lady. It was a good game and yes scoreboard says it all, but maybe I’m a little prejuidice when I say this but WHAT THE HELL? HOW DO YOU NOT START THE WINNINGEST PITCHER IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE? Oh that was rhetorical. I know he is on a video game and commercials and has a cool nickname like the freak, but the kid didn’t do so hot. Jason Marquis of the unknown Rockies has 11 wins but no video game or commercials and no cool nickname. Sh*t he doesn’t even get to play… This AL streak is gonna end soon enough. Your boys did look good though.

  2. juliasrants

    Erin – while I do enjoy watching the AL win year after year (and sorry – I lost all my brain cells Monday hearing “back, back, back” over and over again) I think it is time for the team with the best record to have home field advantage for the World Series.


  3. raysfanboy

    I agree that this was one of the better games in a while. Very competitive and fun.

    And if that thing had gotten over at 2:30 am again I think I might’ve vowed never to watch the ASG ever again.

    Ok, that’s a lie. I’d watch it if it got over at 3 am. It’s just fun.

  4. Jane Heller

    The Twins were very well represented, although I was surprised to see Mauer catch for six innings, just the way I was surprised to see Jeter at short for that long. Didn’t seem to be a lot of substitutions and lineup changes. I agree about the football promos. It’s only July, guys! Let us enjoy baseball for a little while longer!


  5. bburrows@lhup.edu

    It was one of the better games I have seen but I don’t think the managers did a good enough job of getting everyone in. I know it really counts but don’t make a player travel all that way just to sit on the bench.

  6. Erin Kathleen

    Tom,Someday, the National League will end the American League’s streak of superiority. When they adopt the DH rule– there I said it. But until then…American League, f**k yeah! Julia,Maybe, but won’t that unfairly reward teams that play in a weak division? I mean, the Cubs won 98 games playing in one of the weakest divisions in baseball last year. If they had actually made it to the World Series last year, should they have gotten home field advantage over the Rays, who play in a much, much tougher division? If MLB does away with divisional play and goes back to the way it was, then I can see how awarding HFA based on winning percentage makes sense.Raysfanboy,True dat.Jane,It seemed like both managers were actually trying to win the game, so they probably wanted to leave the starters in as long as possible. They probably also wanted to save their bench in case this thing went into extras. It made things more compelling than usual, that’s for sure.Canuck,OMG, you could’ve made a drinking game out of all of the football promos. And then died of alcohol poisoning.Dillon,There were a lot of amazing plays in that game. But yeah, Crawford definitely deserved it for saving the game. tribechick,Yep, showing those losers in the National League how it’s done never gets old.Jeff,Sorry, but Man Muscles just ain’t a pull hitter. Too bad Morny decided not to participate, that’s pretty much where all his homers go.moneyball,True, but when they did that last year the bench was kinda thin after ten innings. I think they were trying to ensure they would have enough players. Still, it kinda sucks for guys like Tim Wakefield.

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