The usual cast of dopes was there, Oafish Berman sweating gravy as usual, failed GM Steve Phillips making sure people knew he was there and important, Joe Morgan repeating himself endlessly and suggesting rules changes (?!?), clownish Kruk being dense but loud, the aforementioned pair of writers who, as broadcasters are, um, writers, plus a garden gnome who hosts the unwatchable Baseball Tonight mess. And countless others. Then they invited Reggie Jackson to sit down and talk because, I guess, there just weren't enough guys talking all at once. Sadly, old Reggie was better than the rest of them-- by far. And I don't even like him much. Face it, the boys in Bristol could mess up a date with.......... Erin Andrews. Next year, have her do the whole thing solo and let's enjoy the contest of today's best sluggers without all the self-important pontificating. So what if she mispronounces a few names.
Tuesday night it was time for the game itself, which moved along smartly due to crisp play and tremendous pitching. I don't get to see Ben Sheets pitch often but, my goodness, he has some snap on that breaking ball. And he's a free agent after the season I see. Hmmmm. The players took it upon themselves to improve today's national sporting outlook by continuing the game past midnight. Good thinking, boys. Unfortunately you forgot that Timmy McCarver was doing the game which meant an early tune out for many of us. The highlights this morning looked great, although it would have been better if that double by Carlos Guillen had been a couple feet higher and turned into a walk-off HR.
So, here we are. Wednesday after All*Star Tuesday. The worst day of the year. Worse than the off season because there's no hockey or football to divert our attention from the fact that... the ballparks are all empty today. That's never good.
Pictured) 2 of the 5 best non-pitchers of all time: L- Tyrus Cobb of Royston, GA and R-Joe Jackson of Greenville, SC.