What the hell. I covered the All-Star Game. I might as well check in on it.
I'm in an enumerating mood this morning, although I don't have as much to say about this as I did about the K-Rod trade.
1. It was a yawner of a game, bottom line. It started out promisingly enough, with Prince Fielder's three-run blast overshadowing a solo homer by Boston's Adrian Gonzalez. But that proved to be the bulk of the scoring.
2. It challenged Bud Selig's contention that everyone wants to be a part of the Midsummer Classic. Boston's Josh Beckett held himself out when his left knee acted up as he prepared for a relief assignment, and Detroit's Miguel Cabrera took himself out with mild soreness in his right side.
In both cases, in other words, the former 2003 Marlins teammates said, "You know what? It's not worth risking this for the All-Star Game. But we'll be fine when the regular season resumes!"
This time it coun...wait, I think I feel something!
3. The Sunday starters were definitely missed. What a bummer that Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia, Felix Hernandez, James Shields, Cole Hamels and Matt Cain couldn't pitch. Both Selig and Michael Weiner appeared willing to at least discuss this handcuffing rule. It should be changed back to the old way.
4. We discussed last week that teams should work to improve their pre-ASG ceremony, and the Diamondbacks' was top-notch. Dodgers scout John Green and his family, who lost daughter Christina Taylor Green in the horrible shootings last January in Tucson, brought out the lineup card.
If you didn't choke up watching it, then you have a stronger constitution than mine.
--Have a great day. I'll be traveling back home.