They Finally Did It

Unbelievable. I forgot about the All-Star Game. Totally.

I did not watch the Home Run Derby. I don’t even know who’s playing. Though, I heard something about a lame scheme to make the game “count” by giving the winner home field advantage in the World Series.

Maybe it was the infuriating tie game last season (not the game itself, but Selig Monster’s calling it off). Maybe it was last year’s anti-climatic salary battle (the one where they kept telling us how lucky we were that they’d settled things at the last minute instead of before the season like the should have). Maybe it’s post-strike syndrome that’s finally caught up with me. Or maybe I’m having too much fun with imaginary baseball to care about the real thing. Either way, I forgot about something that was a tradition.

Dad never cared about the Home Run Derby, even though I got all excited about it for some reason. But the All-Star Game was father-son bonding time. We always watched it together. Even when he was umpiring softball and didn’t get home until the middle of it, I’d be there waiting for him. Last year was the first one without him, but I still made my date. I still settled in to watch on schedule. I still had all the same baseball conversations with him (if only in my head). I’m not a big sports fan, really. Other than baseball, I never watch any sports on TV. But if there is nothing else I miss about my Dad and father-in-law, it’s just sitting around with them and acting like I know all about baseball, football, hockey and basketball, yelling at the TV and arguing about stats.

I can’t believe that Major League Baseball has finally made me forget all that.

[Grooving to: Cold Shot by Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble]
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3 Responses to They Finally Did It

  1. Ric The Schmuck says:

    I’m with you. I really don’t care about this years All-Star game. I doubt I’ll watch any of it, other than maybe a casual glance while surfing, but if there is anything remotely captivating on, I’ll avoid Bud-bowl.
    Between the used car-salesman in charge of the league, and the players and their bad and ungrateful attitudes, screw’em.
    I do still care about the pennant race, as usual, for now. If and when our boys do their usual August/Sept plunge, then I’ll be gone from that, too. (Hope does spring eternal, doesn’t it?)
    I am a bit envious of you tho. My dad didn’t give a damn about sports, so I never had the experience of sitting around, watching a ballgame with him. Maybe I can instill that in my boys, but with the way the game is today, I somehow doubt it…. 🙁

  2. Sunidesus says:

    The only sports I really watch are the highlights in the sports segment at work. I do know that there was one guy (don’t remember which) who completely whiffed during the Home Run Derby. It was funny.

  3. Linkmeister says:

    Here’s a nice Op/Ed from the NYT (reg. req.) about the All Star Game.

    I think it’s been drastically diminished since the days of no interleague play and cable sports highlights shows. Used to be if you lived in a non-baseball city it was the only chance you had to see all those players until the World Serious matched up two teams. Now we’ve got such a glut it’s not the same. (Am I an old fogey or what?)

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