July 11, 2007

An all-star good time

by Dan Bilicki In: Baseball

While I get ready for tomorrow’s uber-post, last night’s MLB all-star game should garner some attention from the sports world, even though it was slotted into a jam-packed day of sports. That was sarcasm in case you couldn’t tell.

Ichiro made some instant history last night and won the game’s MVP award because of it. After a smash towards the right-field wall, Ken Griffey Jr. Thought he was in good position to play the bounce; he was wrong. The ball hit an advertisement banner and went in the opposite direction of Griffey, who was on towards centerfield instead of the right field corner the ball ended up in. Rounding the bases was no problem for the speedy Ichiro, who is now in the record books as the only player to ever hit an inside-the-park home run during an all-star game. Congratulations, you now have a nice new hybrid SUV in San Francisco for when you visit.

The American league was able to hold onto their 5-4 lead and take home field advantage in the World Series for the fifth consecutive year. Including the horrendous tie of 2002, the American league stars haven’t lost the mid-summer classic in ten straight years now. Talk about dominance.

It’s now being reported that moody superstar Albert Pujols – currently embroiled in his personal longest home run drought – is upset that his own manager didn’t use him in the game last night. La Russa actually sent Aaron Rowand, a defensive specialist for the NL, to bat with two outs and the bases loaded out in the ninth inning last night. If you ask me, yeah, that’s a pretty dumb move. La Russa had a chance to win but he blew the game and now has his star mad with him.

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