I haven’t been a fan of the MLB All-Star Game for a few years. I think my tipping point was in 2006. I remember reading some quotes from some players on the Houston Astros who were like, “I won’t be losing any sleep if the NL loses, ha ha.” Yeah. My ass. That’s what happens when you make something that is a glorified exhibition game between players whose team more than likely won’t be making the playoffs to determine home field advantage for a game that the All-Star game has no bearing on. If you can follow that circular reasoning.
Anyway, I’d had enough of the game when I saw Miguel Cabrera Dorn an easily playable ball in the 9th inning when the NL was leading, and Trevor Hoffman successfully blew the save and the NL went on to lose. Hoffman’s team had made the playoffs later that season; Cabrera’s team had no shot. It didn’t matter. There is a disconnect between what the game actually means in the long run to what the players are actually playing for.
Well, fuck that noise. I’d had enough of the All-Star Shit Show. And it’s not much different in the other sports I follow.
My dad once told me of an NHL All-Star Game that one of the teams won by a margin of like 2-1. It sounded like a great game. There was a level of competitiveness that the players had and maybe a sense of pride. You don’t really see that anymore. It’s now more of a “I can score more goals that you can.” It’s a combination of “I don’t want to deface this property” or Roger Dorn-ism that these players are voted in. It’s supposed to be an “honor,” but at the end of it, all it becomes is a shit show.
Like the NHL All-Star Game. I didn’t know if I should have been happy that Marian Gaborik was the MVP…or upset that he owned our Henrik Lundqvist, among others. I have to say, I was talking about that whole players choosing their own teammates thing, it’s basically Fantasy Hockey. On one hand, it’s a novelty, and at the end of the day, it’s just an exhibition game. On the other, I guess I did like the whole Eastern Conference vs Western Conference. It’s got kind of a Old Timers’ Feel to it (especially when they encouraged Gabby to mimic Artem Anisimov’s “shoot the duck” pose after scoring and a “mini-brawl” broke out, sort of).
It doesn’t count, unlike the MLB game, so that’s cool. Yet, I have a hard time saying, hey, Gabby was MVP. Gabby was MVP of what…crap?
And don’t get me started on the Pro Bowl. Nobody gives a crap about it! It’s literally just filler for the week between the Conference Championships and Super Bowl. And that’s it. Judging from the amount of people who actually watched it, seems like others could give a crap either.
I kind of like the week off of NHL games though. As a fan, the break is a little welcome, so I can reflect. But I was ready to jump because there were no sports on Sunday. No sports! I’d rather watch nothing than the All-Star Games or Pro Bowl or whatever shit show there is. But that’s just me talkin’.