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For NL, Higher Expectations Bring Same Result

And that result would be this:

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Over/Under an eternity next time National League wins an All Star Game?

Side Notes:

– Hope it wasn’t just me who felt like baseball was dying with the odd “this is the last game that will ever be played” sort of feel to the pre-game.. essentially set it up to be anticlimatic. Producer must receive mid-season Overkill Award.

– Pretty weird, yet cool, to see Major League ballplayers starstruck for a change, during  their meet and greet with the President.

That fly swatter himself/leader of our nation, Barack Obama, was called on to toss
the first pitch in this All-Star Game.. and he did so with White Sox
gear.. in the home of the Cardinals.. bold. However, just in
case you  didn’t detect it from the boos Mr. President, the sea of red
and white in St. Louis didn’t appreciate the lack of bipartisanship..

This was a needle to the retina.

Was hoping to see a monster shot from Teix during the ASG, but apparently no one was allowed to take it over the wall at Busch.

– Charlie Manuel has some killer managerial tactics.. The guy still has me wondering how you choose to intentionally walk any guy in a lineup literally
full of All-Stars. The walk served up in the 8th robbed Victor Martinez
of an at-bat in the game, while the guy after him, Adam Jones, drove
in a run with a sac fly.. the run that happened to win the game.

Explanation needed as to why the national broadcasts are always the
worst.. Do we not endure enough sportscaster stupidity, Boston a**
kissing and Yankee salary criticisms throughout the year? Just sayin’.

Your Quick Bit Of Hilarity: Mo nailing down the save.. for none other than Jonathan Papelbon.. and he wasn’t even the one who truly
saved it for Pap, as Crawford’s catch in left robbed what would’ve been a
game-tying home run. MVP honor well deserved.. “Winning pitcher” label
in this one, not so much..

National League, your time will come.. when Mo

– Lastly, the all angles feed by MLB/Fox was seriously the greatest thing in the world since Red Mango:

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Just about fell in love with it..

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On Deck:
The second half of the season.. A 10 game homestand in store for the
Yanks, beginning with a three game set against Detroit, following the
next two off days. It’s that time again.

P.S. No Derby post because.. it was unquestionably lame. Did we all really want ‘roids banned in baseball?


USA vs. Netherlands In Gamer: Brink Of Elimination

          Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see the USA game against Puerto Rico
yesterday.. but being both American and Puerto Rican, it was kind of
hard to choose a side, so before it went down I simply said whoever
wins, wins [though I kind of wanted P.R. to get the W, to further embarrass D.R.]… but now with the U.S. set to take on the Netherlands,
who have already pulled off an “upset” in this Classic, in a win or go
home game today, I’m thinking I should host an in-gamer for this one. Hope all you
US Americans can join.

Game Time: 7:15 ET


Game Notes:

7:13: Chipper has been scratched.

7:43: 1-2-3 inning for Oswalt.

7:55: Bases loaded…..

7:58: And the U.S. only gets one run on the board.

8:02: Greeatt DP started by Rollins.

8:10: Could they emphasize the use of the mercy rule on yesterday’s game any more? I think the embarrassment has been made clear.

8:11: Ouch.. good tag to nail Braun at second.

8:14: 2 Run bomb by Rollins.. 3 – 0, U.S.

8:25: Schoop’s reaction to his K, before it was even called a K, was kind of funny.

8:54: Oh yes.. Oswalt gets out of the inning, sitting down Jansen with a K, and keeping the Devilish Dutch off the scoreboard.

9:03: Rollins.. again.. drilling it, this time for a triple.

9:06: Another triple.. Roberts, the fill in, is now a hr away from the cycle.. I can understand why the Dutch wanted to protest his name in the lineup.

9:18: 6 zip after 4.

9:19: Love the MLB ’09 The Show commercial.. hehe..

9:29: Bases loaded.. no outs……

9:30: Woah.. weirdest successful throw to the plate I’ve ever seen.

9:37: … Might we see another mercy rule game today?

9:53: Dunn hits it to the moon. 8 – zip.

10:07: The Netherlands manage to get on the board with one.

10:23: .. Okay.. the Dutch get another one.

10:25: Rooi gets one thrown behind the back.. and now some tension.. both sides warned.. things are getting interesting..

10:33: Score now 8 – 3 .. The Dutch better not have another upset stored in their arsenal.

10:49: 2 outs away from the Dutch’s elimination.

10:52: And game over. Team USA moving on.

P.S. I officially turned 18 this past Thursday, so I can now proudly say I am able to sign any legal document without parental consent.. so Yanks: hook me up with a contract.

P.P.S. Scored tickets to the 3rd game in the first series at the new stadium.. am I excited much? Mmm.. yeah.