I couldn't believe it went 15 innings. I guess they wanted to have a winner so we didn't have a tie. What would have happened by then? It was surprising to say the least. It was really close right to the bitter end.
I figured Dan Uggla was up for MVP. After all, the AL did win and seems like he did all he could, short of actually crossing the plate for them, to see to it that they did it.
After 2002 when Selig allowed an 11th inning tie and caught all kinds of hell for it, I figured they'd play it out. After all, 'this one counts'. Bah. I still think it's a pretty cheesy way of determining home field advantage for the Series. It should be the team with the best overall record -- in the end the teams that get to the Series might be under-represented at the All-Star Game.
Interestingly enough, the All-Star game has gone into extras 12 times (went 15 innings in 1967) and, in those 12 times, this is the first time the AL has won. Doesn't mean anything, I just thought it was interesting.
Great game, and I of course have to worry a little that Billy Wagner blew the save even though they were both awkward swings against good pitches.
That stolen base he let go to Grady Sizemore proved to be the tying run because he scored on a Ground Rule Double which means he would have been stranded at third if not for the uncontested SB.
Those are almost always the pitcher's fault.
Just be thankful that it didn't go to 16 innings. Both managers had exhausted their bullpens so the next pitchers were gonna be David Wright and J.D. Drew and...well...
let's just be glad it didn't go there.
For those of you who don't really think that World Series home field advantage should be decided by an exhibition game, it was
Fox Sports, the Fox Network that broadcasts the All-Star game,
that lobbied for a got the homefield advantage rule. Guess they figured it would garner better ratings. Anyway it's all about them.
thank God it ended b/c if Joe Buck said one more time that Terry Francona is out of pitchers I was gonna SCREAM!
Fox Sports is, quite possibly, the worst thing that's ever happened to the game of baseball. They've virtually eliminated Saturday afternoon games by buying the rights to any game played between certain hours on Saturday and then deciding which game you get to watch. Even if you pay for the Extra Innings package -- you still don't get anything except what they decide you should see on Saturday afternoon. And now, because of it, there are only a few day games on Saturdays. Two or three and that's it. So they've effectively banished day games.
Stinks to follow the NL Central and live in the West.
Fox ruins everything they touch. Used to be pretty good local station around here with movies and specials. Then they became a Fox affiliate. Knew they had to take the money. Never watched it since, except when I have to, like the All-star game. Seems Fox even makes teams, like basketball and football, take intermissions breaking up the rythum of the game, so Fox can run more commercials.
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