This time of year there is no shortage of discussion surrounding the merits of the MLB All-Star Game.
Should the game count? How much should the fan vote matter? Which players were snubbed? How can we make the game better? Does anyone even watch the game?
Speaking personally, I always tune in to the game to watch the greatest players on the planet all assembled on the same field on one night. My only real qualms with the All-Star game is that I have to go nearly a whole week in the middle of the summer without any major league baseball on television.
Some of my most vivid memories as a child come from the Summer Classic. John Kruk vs. Randy Johnson in 1993, Alex Rodriguez moving shortstop to third base in favor of Cal Ripken Jr. in 2001, and the ovation for Ted Williams in Boston prior to the 1999 game are just a few of my favorite moments.
This year beautiful San Diego, California will be the epicenter of the baseball universe as baseball stars and celebrities alike descend on the city for All-Star festivities. I’ll leave it to others to discuss the Pro’s and Con’s of the game. Instead, let’s examine a few exciting story lines for this year’s Mid-Summer Classic.
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