Tuesday, July 13, 2010

All-Star Game 2010: California Stars

We've done plenty of whining about things related to the All-Star game as of late and I'm sure you can tell that the game (or exhibition or whatever you'd like to call it) isn't all that captivating to us. The level of play is noticeably lower than in a typical game, the process by which the players are selected is terrible, the broadcast is always painfully cluttered with former players, special guests and other unnecessary voices, the first few innings are going to be played through the shadows, etc., etc., etc.

That said, it's a chance to see a lot of great players in the same place at one time, there have been some fairly interesting games in the last few years, the outcome does actually mean something and last but not least, it's pretty much the only thing we have to watch on TV tonight. Oh yeah, and it's definitely better than the NFL Pro Bowl!

Although the circumstances that made this possible are extremely unfortunate, there is another reason for Yankee fans to watch as much of the game as we can stand. The death of George Steinbrenner will take center stage and give Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and whoever else wanders into the booth a chance to capture the immensity of his legacy to the game to a National Audience, something I don't think The Boss wouldn't have minded too much at all.

Yes I'd give my life,
To lay my head tonight on a bed,
Of California stars.

I'd like to dream,
My troubles all away,
On a bed, of California stars.

Jump up from my starbed,
Make another day,
Underneath my California stars.


Ichiro Suzuki RF
Derek Jeter SS
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Josh Hamilton CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Evan Longoria 3B
Joe Mauer C
Robinson Cano 2B
Carl Crawford LF

David Price LHP
National League:
Hanley Ramirez SS
Martin Prado 2B
Albert Pujols 1B
Ryan Howard DH
David Wright 3B
Ryan Braun LF
Andre Ethier CF
Corey Hart RF
Yadier Molina C

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

Steinbrenner Suffers Heart Attack

Sad news this morning Fackers. George Steinbrenner was rushed to the hospital early this morning after suffering what's being reported as a massive heart attack. There have been conflicting reports as to his status, but the Daily News and the Associated Press are reporting that he has passed away.

We'll have updates as more becomes available.

UPDATE 10:00 AM: According to Ben Shpigel of the New York Times, the Steinbrenner family has confirmed George's passing.