July 12, 2006
Enough already. You’ve had your fun. Can we go back to the old arrangement now, please?
Of all of Bud Selig’s bright ideas, the home field advantage in the World Series being determined at the All-Star Game brainchild is the lamest. It was lame the second it came out of Bud’s mouth, it was lame on the chalkboard, and it’s lame now. Lame, lame, lame, lame, lame.
And before giving in to the natural tendency to blame Trevor Hoffman for the National League’s latest mid-summer humbling, and of course Phil Garner, who’s pre-game poop talk cost him all claim to the name “Scrap Iron” from here on out, let’s give credit where credit is due.
Bob Brenly and Joe Torre, geniuses both, are the two guys. They’re your culprits. How in the world do you run out of players in a baseball game without sustaining a single injury? Absolutely unreal. Brenly and Torre are your guys. Never let them forget it.
Look, there is absolutely no relationship between the All-Star Game and the World Series. Not now, not ever. Nor should there be. You don’t improve one fine tradition by messing with another. It’s a retarded concept. Yeah sure, the Series is still great, seemingly impregnable from attack, but this All-Star Game deciding home field for the Series thing has got to stop right now.
And what do you say we adios interleague play as well, while we’re at it. And the Tampa Bay Devil Rays too. Whose idea was the Tampa Bay Devil Rays? If upon further investigation, I find that Bob Brenly and Joe Torre are responsible for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays too, so help me, I don’t know what.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays exist solely to develop and trade their best players for other teams’ crap. Their supposed best players, anyway. The franchise serves no other purpose whatsoever. Phil Garner can have Aubrey Huff. A perfect reward for losing the All-Star Game.
On the bright side, according to Bud Selig, baseball is in its “golden age.” Cool. That’s gotta be a good thing, right?
Besides, if Selig wants to abandon the “renaissance” he’s been saying baseball is in since the Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa chest bump was in vogue, in favor of “golden age,” why the bleep not. Knock yourself out, commish.
With or without home field advantage, the NL clearly needs something. Or someone. Like oh, I don’t know, how about a league president? A leader to stand up for the group of teams once known as The Senior Circuit. What’s Bill White up to now?
No, it’s not an original idea, but it’s a better concept than victory at an exhibition deciding home field for the most important sporting event on the planet. The actual most important sporting event on the planet, by the way…
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