Thank you ESPN for finding a way to fit in a baseball game during your 2-hour tribute to Derek Jeter. I'm obviously a Jeter fan, but this was just a bit overblown. Did we really have to watch him shake hands and hug EVERY SINGLE person in the AL dugout? I thought they were going to have him go into the stands and high-five all 41,000 fans.
All the teams have just 13 days left to decide if they are going to be buyers or sellers. Actually, they have less than that if they want to try to put any deals together. This shouldn't be called a trade deadline; it's really a desperation deadline.
Adam Wainwright casually mentioned something about grooving a pitch to Derek Jeter during the All-Star game. He later recanted even Jeter said, "Well, you still have to hit it." It doesn't matter whether he did or he didn't. The game is supposed to be an exhibition, not critical game of any kind. When will the powers that be realize that this situation is exactly the problem with making the game decide the home team advantage for the World Series. Jeter doubling to right, Babe Ruth hitting a home run, Ricky Henderson stealing a base: this is what the fans want to see. If they want the game to have an important result, than they should let the managers and players treat the game that way. Let the best players play most or all of the game. let pitchers go three innings if their doing well. if 10 players don't get in, so what? Go one way or the other, and the whole event will be better.
***THEY SAID IT***
"The sideline reporter is a very important position. Without these men and women, we'd never know that, "It's really cold on the field," and that, "The players seem to have a lot of enthusiasm today." -- Brad Dickson
"A big weekend in sports: LeBron went back to being a Cavalier, Carmelo went back to being a
Knick, and soccer went back to being a thing you drive your kids to." -- Seth Meyers
"I must have missed something when I turned on the All-Star Game. Just how many weeks does Derek Jeter have left to live?" -- Alex Kaseberg