13 Jul 2016
I adore baseball. I love going to games and I love watching them. It is quite simply my favorite sport. As a kid, that adoration reached its apogee with the All-Star Game. While I watched the World Series religiously, no single game was ever more fiercely contested, with as much star power, than the All-Star Games that I grew up on. Sadly, those are a distant memory.
Interleague play was bad enough, but I think it was the sight of Bob Brenly and Joe Torre negotiating an ASG tie that forever soured me on the game. What happened to the days when players went all out to win this game? When did we have to rely on stupid ideas like home field being determined by it, to want to watch this game?
At some point the players stopped caring about this game. They worried too much about injury and not enough about entertaining the fans. Jose Fernandez took a lot of heat Monday for saying he would groove fastballs to David Oritz, but why? This was Ortiz’s last ASG and why wouldn’t a baseball fan want to see him go deep in an exhibition game? Fernandez was just open to giving the fans what they wanted and I can’t fault him one bit. The problem is baseball doesn’t agree. They want to use the phony home field gimmick to make us care. It doesn’t.
I’m not alone in feeling this Look at the TV ratings and the game is bleeding away viewers. (Last night’s ratings just came in as I was finishing this, a record low- 8.7 million viewers) I don’t know what the fix is, but I would love to care about this game again. I really miss it