It Almost Got Uggla: 2008 MLB All-Star Game Thoughts
Ok, so when Dan Uggla is involved (in a tragic manner), I can’t resist punning his name in a headline.
What a huge goat he almost was (and to an extent, still is), in hitting into a double play in the top of the 10th and then booting two balls on the first two batters in the bottom of the inning. I bet his mouth was as dry as a bone under a heat lamp in the desert when Grady Sizemore grounded to him in a bases loaded FC out at home-plate after Carlos Guillen was intentionally walked. I know this, Aaron Cook pitched a helluva 10th inning keeping all hit balls on the ground and in the infield. If the American League had prevailed in the bottom of the 10th, the headline would’ve read: National League Hits Every Stick On The Uggla Tree.
Getting struck out by Joakim Soria on a “knee buckler” with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the 12th didn’t aid Uggla’s redemption efforts. In fact, yet another boot to the chest, the 3rd error of Uggla’s night, in the bottom of the 13th pushed him lower. Joe Buck had plenty of sympathy for the kid giving Dan the benefit of the doubt with a bad hop call.
In the end, the National League could not survive the marathon. Hopefully, next time, Dan Uggla will have a much better looking effort than going 0-4, striking out three times and leaving six on base.
In the bottom of the 11th, Nate McLouth made a great throw to put out Dioner Navarro at home. If the National League would’ve went on to win in the 12th, I was ready to give Russell Martin the All-Star MVP for blocking the plate and making an unbelievable tag….the 3rd of the last five outs which came at home plate.
It sure did take Joe Buck and Tim McCarver a while to mention that the All-Star game actually counts for something after they initially wondered if the game would be a tie situation as it was in Milwaukee in ’02. And I wasn’t the only one questioning this….c’mon fellas, know what’s going on….that’s awful announcing.
I’m glad it counts
I’m all for the MLB All-Star game counting for something. Why should the better record between teams from two different leagues determine home field advantage for the World Series? Sure, inter-league play has gone towards leveling the field for comparison between the AL and the NL. But I think what baseball has (over the NBA) is league divisions based on tradition and not geography. Having a win in the All-Star game be an advantage for a league as a whole promotes unity in rooting interests and the natural sense of sporting rivalry between two sectors of the sport.
Part of me says, well, if the All-Star game “counts” then choose the best players…..out with a man from every team rule. I understand that it’s beneficial to make smaller markets feel significant and remain interested……However, on that note, as a Nationals fan, I enjoyed seeing Cristian Guzman around to be a potential hero. He surely didn’t disappoint playing out of position at 3rd base and making a sweet stab to get the 3rd out for the NL in the bottom of the 11th. Oh yea, don’t forget the sweet scoop and flick to close out the 12th. Oh and I should also mention his nice throw to home during the Uggla breakdown in the bottom of the 10th. Guzman went 0-3 and left three on base, along we getting caught stealing….but oh well, you can’t please everyone.
Manny Still a Douche Bag
In the first inning, A-Rod hit a pop fly back to the NL starting catcher, Geovany Soto, in foul territory. Manny Ramirez, who was on deck, got out of the way, but failed to move his weighted bat on the ground. Sota stepped on the bat and came close to busting his ass. Sure, Manny didn’t intend to almost hurt Sota…but still, pack up your crap and get out the way…..Manny had time.