Posted By Jeff Fletcher on July 14, 2011 10:30 am
Driving in this morning, heard the radio talking heads still debating issues of the All-Star Game, so I figure that gives me the OK to throw in my two cents, even though the game was two days ago. (Wait, I don’t need any approval — it’s my blog!)
Let’s start with Derek Jeter. If Derek Jeter doesn’t want to show up to the All-Star Game, I’m totally OK with that, mainly because he didn’t deserve to be there in the first place. We wanna rip the fans for picking him, then we wanna rip him for not showing up?
I don’t buy the whole argument that the fans voted for him because they wanted to see him for some sort of tribute. Does anyone really need to see any more of Derek Jeter? It’s not like he’s hiding out in a mountain cabin, just coming down to wave to the people once in a while. We’ve all seen lots of Derek Jeter. I don’t think seeing him play three or four innings of mediocre shortstop and watching him ground out one or two times would really entertain me that much. And I certainly don’t think I’d get anything out of seeing him merely stand on the foul line and tip his cap, as some have suggested he should have done. I’ve seen him do that approximately 57 times, and it looks the same every time.
I think the reason Jeter was voted in is because the most deserving shortstops in the AL were the thoroughly anonymous Asdrubal Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta. It wasn’t because people were just begging to see Jeter play.
Second, a lot of guys bailed out of the All-Star Game because of injuries, but I think that’s just an unfortunate coincidence more than a trend to worry about. I believe Jeter is the only one whose issue was sort of nebulous. Every other guy had some real injury. If you’re a Brewers fan, and Ryan Braun has been too hurt to play in real games for your team, do you want him playing in an exhibition game? Hell no.
Finally, the whole issue of the Sunday starters. This is easily fixed. Half of the teams in the Majors are still off today, so why not just make it a four-day All-Star break for everyone, and move the game to Wednesday? Seems like a no-brainer to me. That allows all the Sunday starters to be able to pitch in the game. You could also move the Futures Game to Monday, which would get a lot more eyeballs on it. The Home Run Derby moves Tuesday. All the players would be able to take a relaxing Monday getting themselves to the game, rather that busting it there on a Sunday night flight and then having media obligations on Monday morning. Essentially, it would add one day to the whole All-Star celebration, which is a good thing for MLB.