I know I'm a bit of a curmudgeon (I hate Christmas, etc.) but I really do dislike the All Star game. It was fun when I was a kid and got to see all the great players that you normally didn't see much during the year. But now, with ESPN baseball and Baseball Tonight and Fox baseball and the MLB package, you see these guys everyday. That novelty is over. The game doesn't count for anything...except that it does. Why give home field advantage to the league winner when the game isn't played like any other real baseball game (pitcher throw two innings, every starter gets substituted, etc.)???? Now I have another reason to hate this thing: Clint Hurdle tried to ruin our closer's arm.
I didn't stay up and watch the game after the Hall of Famers were introduced (okay, that was pretty cool) so I didn't see it with my own eyes, but ESPN is reporting this morning that Brad Lidge warmed up multiple times in multiple innings and threw close 100 pitches before he entered the game. 110 pitches!!!
This garbage wouldn't happen if the managers wouldn't treat this "important" game like Little League baseball. Starters go 2-3 innings when they are working on normal rest, relief starters are going a single inning, the majority of the staff is used by the 8th inning so everybody gets in the game, relievers are getting overworked in the bullpen or going 2.1 innings (George Sherrill), and others are pitching on one day rest (Kazmir). Absolute garbage. This could affect the regular season and that is unacceptable because it is for reasons that could be controlled.
This game is an exhibition. It shouldn't count. It should be limited to 12 innings. Brad Lidge shouldn't throw 100 pitches in the bullpen. Clint Hurdle should be smacked in the face. That would solve some of these issues...and/or make me happier.