I will now attempt to do something that that the best baseball players in the world could not do last night: re-create the MLB All-Star game in less than four-and-a-half hours.
However, I must say that I'm aided by the fact that I only caught the last four innings of the game.
For those of you who don't already know, those last innings happened to be the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th innings. Yeah. The game started at 7 pm and ended a little after 11:30 pm (MDT). The poor schlubs at Yankee Stadium were probably dying- they probably didn't get home until sometime after 2:30 in the morning (you'd be surprised how efficient the 4 train can be).
I'm actually very sorry I didn't see the entire game. I would have, but I committed to a softball team, and I'd rather be burned at the stake or miss an All-Star game than disappoint my teammates. But I am sad, because I really wanted to see, among other things, Jonathan Papelbon duel Mariano Rivera at ten paces.
It turns out there was no need for controversy, because in a 15-inning game there were plenty of opportunities for all the pitchers in the bullpen to get some action. I'm actually surprised some lucky third basemen or right fielders didn't get a shot.
By the way, did you all hear that New York fans threatened Papelbon's pregnant wife during All-Star festivities? So sleazy. The hatred between the Yankees and Red Sox is palpable. It's felt nation-wide. I love it.
Anyway, the AL won after a textbook sacrifice fly from the Rangers' Michael Young, but I'm sure you already knew that. The AL won the ASG for the 12th straight time.
And you know what's cool about the baseball ASG? The game actually means something. The league that wins the ASG gets the coveted home-field advantage at the World Series.
What an incredible concept! Instead of gathering the most overpaid, overrated, under-motivated prima donnas in sports for a weekend getaway extravaganza (Pro Bowl) or a glorified And 1 Mix Tape Tour (NBA All-Stars), you bring in the best baseball players in the MLB and put them in a game that has some sort of meaning. The result is a thrilling game like the one we saw last night where the players are actually excited to play and win.
Anyway, great game last night. Great venue, great players, good times.
Okay I'm done. How long was that?