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!