Posted on: June 24, 2009 3:58 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2009 4:04 pm
I'm not a fan of any All-Star game. The NFL's is a joke that happens after the season. They're changing that this year to the week before the SB. It will still be boring and useless. The NBA is a display of playground skills. The NHL's game looks nothing like the sport. Baseball's use to have some appeal, now it's useless. Interleague play has a lot to do with that. It's time for change.
The WBC this year has nearly ruined the regular season. The amount of injuries to key players and teams like the Mets who sent many players to that meaningless exhibition, has taken it's toll. Just ask Dice-K and Boston. Now in the middle of a rather boring season where the DL looks like an NFL police blotter, we will soon have the All-Star Classic. Classic? It hasn't been classic since the 70's!. It's time to tweak it or just eliminate it altogether.
How should we change it? How about a game between US players and the World? Canadians,Japanese, Venezuelans, Cubans, and Dominicans could unite forces against the US. This could be a fun concept and actually spur on some interest in the Caribbean and Asian world. It would be just one game, so it's winner take all. Is the US losing a grip on it's game? Can the World strike back? It could be a nice change.
Then there is the possibility of a mini WBC. A quick single elimination tournament between the US-Canada-Caribbean and Far East. You can flip a coin for seeding or simply go by the ratings world wide. The winners play of the first game play for the title and the others for 3rd. Get rid of the idiotic HR contest and other schlocky events. Real baseball with some bite.
I'm sure others can come up with good suggestions as well. I mean having this fiasco decide the league that gets home-field advantage is utterly moronic. Only an imbecile of Selgian proportions could have envisioned that. That doesn't give it an edge, that just makes it more of a joke. Make the game fun again.