Reactions to the 2002 All-Star GamePosted: Wednesday July 10, 2002 7:30 PM
Updated: Thursday July 11, 2002 3:48 AM
Baseball got a rare opportunity to prove that it still had something to give to its fans Tuesday night. At a moment when it could have given us a true thrill rather than a cheesy pre-packaged tribute, all the potential heroes showed the true fluff they were made of, leaving us to instead watch an institution collapse from the top down -- a scene from right out of an Oliver Stone film. Ted Williams would be spinning in his liquid nitrogen-encapsuled cryonic suspension chamber.
If the American League had won, how many people would be walking around today today boasting, "Hey, the American League rules, man!?" The answer is no one! Why should anyone care who wins this exhibition? I have never seen an All-Star pennant hanging at any baseball stadium. The issue that is worth talking about is who wins the Division, League and World Series. Besides, even in Milwaukee and even at the All-Star Game, they quit selling beer after the seventh inning!
Perhaps baseball got what it deserved, as Tom Verducci states, but who really cares who wins the All-Star Game? I, for one, am not wearing an AL 2001 champions shirt from the All-Star Game in Seattle. As for Tom Verducci's take on Milwaukee, I'm glad he was able to come into town for a couple days. I don't understand why he finds it necessary to rip into the city of Milwaukee in his column, especially considering the only events he probably attended surrounded the All-Star Game festivities. Perhaps he can't appreciate the "low brow" festivities because of the silver spoon in his mouth. We don't appreciate rich snobs in this part of the country and hope that he does not have to ever stay any place other that the East Coast again.
I have been a baseball fan for years and go to about 20 games a year but I wish these prima donnas would go ahead and strike. You're telling me that a starting pitcher who makes the All-Star Game can't pitch three innings? I think the game has suffered because the players have forgotten who pays their checks.
At the All-Star Game I saw some phenomenal plays being made. It had everything good -- pitching, hitting, and defense. But it lacked a winner. I find baseball an exciting sport to watch, and one of the reasons is because there are no ties. Ties are something used during little kid compeititions to keep kids from throwing temper tantrums after losing. The players need to suck it up and play since they are getting paid, and I know for a fact that the people that came to see the game didn't pay chump change. Just like there is no crying in baseball there should be no TYING in baseball.
Does anybody who was in Milwaukee know what the score of last year's game was? I doubt it! I am a huge Mariners fan, and the thought of Freddy going any longer for a game most people won't remember the next day is crazy. People are upset because the game didn't go on forever, but they would have been just as upset if their guy didn't play. Expanding the roster does nothing because they still want everyone to play. Stop whining everybody! It is an exhibition. Who cares who wins and loses!
What's the big deal? It's an exhibition game. In fact, it was better than most because we got to see everybody play from both teams. I mean, after all, isn't it about seeing the PLAYERS play?
Who cares how it ended! Any All-Star Game is totally meaningless. Even NBA and NHL All-Star Games have no defense and result in outrageous scores. It's designed as a player showcase, not as a competition. What kind of game is it anyway when the managers don't employ any strategy (bunt, pitch-out, steal, etc.)? So given that it is not a real game anyway, why does anyone care that it didn't have a real ending? In the future, they may as well just play nine innings and then call it a day no matter what the score is!
Ticket to game: $175
Defrost Ted Williams' body from that ice cream freezer and use his DNA to genetically engineer two All-Star teams of Ted Williamses who can then go over to Bud Selig's house and whack him over the head.
I just wish they would hurry up and let them strike so that the people will finally have a say in what baseball does. This is nothing unfamiliar. What is deplorable is the fact that 40,000 people paid to see a game of baseball and ended up getting screwed. Ran out of people? Puh-lease! That's the lamest excuse ever. Maybe after the game is shut down for a couple of years, the players and owners will finally come together and institute a salary cap and revenue-sharing package just like all of the other sports have been able to do. Then we can get on with the game without all of the greed and animosity.
Who cares? Baseball is no longer the national pastime. It is a boring, pointless game. Why do we have to wait so long between hockey season and football season?
Are you people kidding? Did anyone watch the game? It was a great game whether or not it ended in a tie. It went 11 innings! That is plenty for an All-Star Game that has no meaning whatsoever!
I know a way to settle it. If the game goes into extra innings, put Bud on the mound! First team to hit him with a line drive wins the game. No matter who wins, we'd all be entertained.
What baseball game? Bring on football! Let 'em strike so we can have more time to talk NFL training camp on CNNSI.com!
The All-Star Game ending in a stalemate? Imagine that. Could this be an omen of things to come between the owners and the players? You bet. I say screw 'em where it hurts the most -- in the wallet. The fans deserve better. WE SHOULD STRIKE!
Why no MVP? Especially on the day they dedicated it to a recently deceased All-Star legend. Just because the game didn't end doesn't mean it didn't happen. If they're not going to use the trophy, I'll take it.