Tuesday, July 15, 2008

All-Star memories

I'm looking forward to watching the All-Star game tonight. Major League Baseball has been something that I have loved since I was about 11 years old, and I always look forward to the All-Star game. As I listen to sports radio, I've discovered that there a lot of haters out there when it comes to the All-Star game. Actually, there a lot of haters in general on sports radio, but I won't go into that now.

My message to the haters is this: If you don't like the fact that the outcome of the game determines home field advantage for the World Series don't watch. If you don't think it's a true game because pitchers only pitch one, possibly two, innings each, don't watch. If you think the fans shouldn't choose the starting line-up, don't watch.

If you want to see the greatest players in the world on the field together, playing the greatest game ever invented, tune in tonight. Here are three of my favorite All-Star game moments. These are moments that I watched on TV. I can't remember the years these events happened. If you want that much info you'll have to Google it.

- Torri Hunter robbing Barry Bonds of a home run. This happened in the last five years or so. I know I just called out all the All-Star game haters out there, but I'm guilty of being a hater when it comes to all things Barry Bonds. I didn't like him before he was on steroids. Needless to say, when Hunter made a leaping, over the wall catch to keep Barry from hitting an All-Star dinger I was thrilled.

- John Kruk bailing out against Randy Johnson. Kruk played for the Phillies, and he was one of my favorite guys because he didn't look like a ball player. He looked more like a dude you might see at the bowling alley on a Saturday night. When he stepped in the box against 6'10" Randy Johnson you could see he was scared. Johnson proceeded to throw the first pitch directly over his head. After getting up off the ground, Kruk swung at the next two pitches as he was stepping out of the batter's box. You could tell he just wanted to get back to the dugout without getting hurt.

- Fred Lynn hitting a grand slam. I'm not sure if this was the first or only grand slam in All -Star game history but I know it doesn't happen that often. I don't know why, but I can remember the name of the pitcher. He was a young guy playing in his first, and I think only All-Star game, named Atlee Hammaker. That's just one of the millions of pieces of useless information I have in my brain.

If your not a hater, enjoy the game tonight!


Sammy Clary said...

I'm a hater. I'm also ashamed of you for being embarrassed by the World Changers Song(The underground version of course).

I'm not a big fan of baseball in general but last night watching Josh Hamilton made me cry man tears. Check out my post on him and if you get a chance check out USA Today's take on him. I am using his story in my message this week. Powerful Stuff.

jimmy white said...

Great memories Cliff. A couple of mine are Pete Rose running over Ray Fosse to win the game for the N.L. Basically ending Ray Fosse's carrer. (pete and ray were friends and had dinner together the night before the game) the second one was Reggie Jackson hitting a home run off the light tower at old tiger stadium. enjoy the game and GO N.L.

DMaC said...

My favorite memory was the tie game. That was epic. Actually I must disagree. I don't think the game should determine home field.
The Josh Hamilton thing is cool although he's been a bit over-played here being a former Riverdog. But good stuff anyway.