This One Matters (Kinda, but for Whom?)

Will it be A-Rod or Papi, Jeets or Loretta, Mo or Paps, who pulls it out for the AL? Who will Ozzie Guillen call a [censored]? This is you place for comment on the festivities that is tonight’s All Star game. For one night only, Yanks and Sox fans can cheer together. Go AL! And comment here.

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  • Ozzie’s first victim should be whomever designed those opening credits. Ack!

    YF July 11, 2006, 8:02 pm
  • This intro is laughable. It’s like “let’s appeal to the kids”, even though the game will take so long that the kids will be tight asleep when the game hits the third inning. And is Pittsburgh really a “destination” for anyone? And where’s the Ben Roethlisberger flaming motorcycle jump during the pregame?

    SF July 11, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • Gotta love Phil Garner in the pre-game pep talk desperately trying to convince his team that the NL is actually anywhere near as good as the AL. He sounded about 30 seconds away from tears.

    SF July 11, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • No comment on the “swing for a million” contest by an unnamed national food chain. Okay, one comment: LAME!

    YF July 11, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • It sucks that Fox insists on Joe Buck being the public address announcer for these line-ups.

    airk July 11, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Ah, F*ck it, I’m going for the NL. I can’t root for any team with Big Papi on its roster.

    Nick-YF July 11, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Alex: whassup w/ the white shoes?

    YF July 11, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Sounded like more boos than cheers for A-Rod.

    airk July 11, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Is Kenny Rogers really the best we can do here, AL?

    YF July 11, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • Hey Garner, why is Renteria hitting 5th, in front of Wright (and everyone else except LoDuca and Penny)?

    YF July 11, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Alex’s fashion sense leaves a lot to be desired.

    Nick-YF July 11, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • the first clue to Yanks and Sox fans that our managers are probably better than most other managers.

    Nick-YF July 11, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • Alex‘s fashion sense leaves a lot to be desired.

    airk July 11, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • I agree than Kenny Rogers as SP is a head scratcher. Who are these people voting for him?

    airk July 11, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • The manager selected him

    Nick-YF July 11, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • Looks like the camera man got stuck under the flag.

    walein July 11, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • Odds Carrie Underwood is seen making the “walk of shame” from the hotel room of an AL infielder sometime very early tomorrow morning: 2:1

    YF July 11, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Other camera man blew their assignment to catch the military planes over head.

    walein July 11, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Kenny Rogers man. The Gambler! Islands in the Stream! The guy can pitch a song!

    walein July 11, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • right. nevermind – pitchers are player votes.

    airk July 11, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • Phil Garner rocks. Great locker room pep talk.

    airk July 11, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • Did Phil Garner just wash his hands of the whole managing thing? “Hey, do what you want.” No signs. Steal when you want. Swing when you want. If only he ran the Sox. SHeesh.

    YF July 11, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • SF July 11, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • My favorite part of that speech YF was the “…strut your stuff…” ending.

    walein July 11, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • A ” heavy, BORING fastball”? What does that mean? Is it bad? Will hitter fall asleep because the fastball comes in early and lectures them, all the while upping the heat in the batter’s box?

    walein July 11, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • not watching but did McCarver say that?

    Nick-YF July 11, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • Garner has basically no charisma. Amazing. It was like he sucked the energy out of the room.

    YF July 11, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • that sounds like a McCarverism

    Nick-YF July 11, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • Boring, as in the things that drive through hard masses with some ease. Hard.

    SF July 11, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • Ivan Rodriguez has the biggest fake-ass smile on, standing next to Ozzie.

    walein July 11, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • architect-speak

    Nick-YF July 11, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • SF–
    I’ve become so pessimistic with the fox broadcast. I apologize.

    walein July 11, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • To the Fox graphics department

    walein July 11, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Man. Penny dealing. Ks Ichiro on high heat. Staying high in the zone to Jeets.

    YF July 11, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • that Penny deal from a couple of years ago was pretty decent in retrospect..for the Dodgers.

    Nick-YF July 11, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • And Jeets Ks on the hi heat. Penny better be careful with that shit, before it gets turned right around.

    YF July 11, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • McCarver said, two pitches into Jeter’s at-bat, that this was the best start for a pitcher since Pedro in 1999. He had gotten one out. And threw 9 pitches through 1+ batter. Talk about hyperbole.

    SF July 11, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • Think the Fox gun maybe has an extra mile or four on it?

    YF July 11, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • I mean, they are positively giddy over Penny, and he’s thrown 21 pitches already. So if he strikes out the side, but throws 25 pitches, how is that worth such gushing?

    SF July 11, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • Great pitch to Ortiz on the outside half, and low, for k 3.

    YF July 11, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • big strike zone.

    airk July 11, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • Sori flies out before they can even get him announced! That’s the Sori we know and love!

    YF July 11, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Absolutely. Penny doesn’t throw that. THe guy hit 99 and 98 the entire at bat…Brad Penny doesn’t throw it. I will tell you this:
    Burrowing fast ball.

    walein July 11, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Beltran double. Rogers!

    YF July 11, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • Manny would’ve gunned him down at 2nd!

    airk July 11, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • …possibly

    airk July 11, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • And Jeter uses his GOLD GLOVE to put down Pujols on the pop.

    YF July 11, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • anyone else see the Kenny Rogers-Eddie Izzard resemblance? Anyone?

    Nick-YF July 11, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • It’s really too bad Vlad didn’t pick the ball up. It would have been fun to see him gun it to second, though I doubt Beltran would have been out (unless it waws Manny throwing it of course Airk)

    walein July 11, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • Kenny Rogers reminds me of the characters Liefeld started drawing for marvel.

    walein July 11, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • It’s the bottom of the first, and it’s NINE O’CLOCK. Great marketing for all those young kids on the east coast and central time zones just getting into baseball. Boo.

    SF July 11, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • Definitely Nick. But how does Eddie do with cameramen.
    Jayson Bay is Kenny’s beotch on a big curveball well outside. Over in the NL they think Jayson Bay is an All Star. Ha!

    YF July 11, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • Ah, now we truly know who they are marketing to, with the Flomax ad. The advertisers know all. It’s not kids who might become big baseball fans, but an aging demographic who are lucky not to mess themselves. Great.

    SF July 11, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • Come on, white shoes!

    YF July 11, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • A-Rod up. Boo!!!!!!

    SF July 11, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • Buck: “We have never seen this type of velocity from Penny, over the last several years”. I WONDER WHY, JOE? MAYBE IT’S THE INACCURATELY BOOSTED GUN, YOU DIMWIT?

    SF July 11, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • A-Rod down 6-4.

    YF July 11, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • Best effort since Pedro my ass. Vlad!!!!

    SF July 11, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • Vlad! AL on top. I seem to recall predicting that if Penny didn’t layoff those high fastballs he was going to pay. There it was.

    YF July 11, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • Vlad says “take that, you nothing-but-fastball-throwing asshat!”

    SF July 11, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • What, no curtain call?

    SF July 11, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • SF: Cool down. Penny was reallly dealing hard in the first. Looked like he might have been stretching himself in the showcase.

    YF July 11, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • “asshat”!
    Game is so on!

    YF July 11, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Dude, WTF?! You posted this many minutes before me!
    Think the Fox gun maybe has an extra mile or four on it?

    SF July 11, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • I did, and it may be pushing his totals a bit, but maybe not 4 mph. he really was dealing in that first inning, and probably a lot harder than his normal–which seemed to be what he was discussing with Arroyo in the dugout, though i missed most of their chat. Anyway, not worth totally excoriating buck over it.

    YF July 11, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • Tito, get someone up dammit!!!!
    Er, sorry, lost the context for a second there.

    SF July 11, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • AL Renteria = scrub
    NL Renteria = All Star
    Yeah, the leagues are different.

    YF July 11, 2006, 9:15 pm
  • Wright: best third baseman in New York.

    SF July 11, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • And David Wright lights up Rogers.
    Ugh. A-Rod’s gonna here all about that tomorrow.

    YF July 11, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • David Wright says “take that, you 54-year-old-junkball-pitching-shouldn’t-be-starting-the-all-star-game asshat!”

    SF July 11, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • Nice range, DJ.

    SF July 11, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • We just learned David Wright like’s pastel shirts. I thought Piazza was the gay Met last year?

    YF July 11, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • Nice turn, DJ!

    SF July 11, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • 1-6-3 DP end the inning. Rogers give up the lead. Cameramen scurry!

    YF July 11, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Boo, YF. Can the stereotyping, please.

    SF July 11, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • OK, the body just realized it’s still 2/3 on Milan time, which makes it about 120am. That means it’s past my bedtime, which puts YF in the echo chamber. Where is everyone?! Come back, Nick! Come back, Walein! Come back, airk!

    SF July 11, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • What a play by Poo-holes. Now that’s a gay name, right YF?

    SF July 11, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • And now, good night!

    SF July 11, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • talk about going out on a high note!

    airk July 11, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • SF going to sleep already?

    walein July 11, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • Halladay in to face Holiday.

    airk July 11, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • Infield should get alot of work with Halladay in.

    walein July 11, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • Jeter sub-par throw to first pulls Papi slightly off the bag. Papi applies the tag.

    airk July 11, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • think Derek was trying to test Ortiz there?

    airk July 11, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • Jeter just wanted to see if Papi had what it takes to play first in the big leagues.

    walein July 11, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • ;)

    walein July 11, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • Wow, great toss from Vernon Wells!

    airk July 11, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • Garner’s genius managerial tactics leave Sori toasted at the plate. Thanks!

    YF July 11, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • Bad slide decision by Soriano…he could have easily got in their with a leg first slide.

    walein July 11, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • Looks like the NL is going to steal 27 bases in this game.

    airk July 11, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • This conversation about managing with Garner while Beltran does the work is hilarious.

    walein July 11, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Jeez. Halladay puts one in the dirt that escapes Pudge, Beltran scores after stealing third with 2 outs.

    YF July 11, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Halladay makes Pujols look bad. That swing by Pujols made me wonder if he wants out of here early to get down to a timeshare in Bermuda.

    walein July 11, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • Jeets ks.

    YF July 11, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Ozzie is doing the baseball work. Saying how important this game is and all of that hooey!

    walein July 11, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Papi pops out.
    Come on, Alex!

    YF July 11, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • Once again, Papi un-clutch.

    walein July 11, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • NOw the 2005 AL MVP is up to bat.

    walein July 11, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • Alex out 6-4. Ozzie escapes the in-game interview without calling anyone a [censored].

    YF July 11, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Roberto Clemente award ceremony coming up after the inning. Is this really necessary? Nothing against Clemente, by any means, but the man’s already got a statue, a retired number, and a bridge to his honor.

    airk July 11, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • How about having the ceremony during the nearly hour-long FOX pre-game show?

    airk July 11, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • That’s what I’m talking about Airk!

    walein July 11, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • And the game draws to a halt for no reason. Well said alrk. Why not have the ceremony when a few more kids are awake. Awful.

    YF July 11, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Let me be clear: It’s nice to be giving Clemente an award, especially in Pittsburg, and with the ever-growing Latinization of the sport. Just now in the middle of the game.

    YF July 11, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • Bud Selig, excruciatingly dull public speaker.

    airk July 11, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • The commisioner’s award looks like a gold dildo. Ack.

    YF July 11, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • LOL

    airk July 11, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • I agree YF. Before the game, when the kids are awake, instead of the lame pregame Fox/All-Star poo.

    walein July 11, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • Wells 2/out single off Arroyo. That Wily Mo trade not looking so smart these days….

    YF July 11, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • BroYo vs. M-Lor.

    airk July 11, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • Sanchez with the brilliant play at short. And then we’re forced to listen to Arroyo attempt “Wonderwall.” What’s the opposite of Oasis?

    YF July 11, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • watching Arroyo playing Oasis on a river bank as the game goes to commercial makes me feel a little better about the trade.

    airk July 11, 2006, 10:08 pm
  • Bronson and the Arroyettes

    walein July 11, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • Zito in, draws the quick pop out.

    YF July 11, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • A Rod making Ortiz earn his keep at this AL Star game!

    walein July 11, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • Big Papi bails out another lousy throw from a Yankee. I smell a conspiracy!

    airk July 11, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • Papi helps out A-Rod on the hopped throw after a hard bouncer jumps off his chest. Bad looking play, and looking worse for those white shoes. WHAT GIVES WITH THE WHITE SHOES, ALEX?

    YF July 11, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • Holliday wishing he was a mile higher up.

    walein July 11, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • Great replay of Mo and Miguel Tejada cheering Papi on the A-Rod scoop.

    YF July 11, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • Introducing… Brian Fuentes?

    airk July 11, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • McCarver just said that Eckstein has the knack of knowing when to hurry and when not to hurry. Now, having watched a few St Louis games over the past few years I have to say…Eck is ALWAYS hurrying. That’s sort of the reason people seem to call him a hustler.

    walein July 11, 2006, 10:19 pm
  • At least Jetes makes contact this time. Out 5-3. Not a good night for Our Hero. Thus far. But how long does he go, Oz?

    YF July 11, 2006, 10:19 pm
  • Damn, where’s that juiced ball I keep hearing about?

    airk July 11, 2006, 10:20 pm
  • Kazmir looks like a junior in high school.

    YF July 11, 2006, 10:24 pm
  • And he charges right through the NL. 3up and down. Mets fans hating life every moment of it.

    YF July 11, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • DP. Grrr.

    YF July 11, 2006, 10:34 pm
  • After a slow start, this game is flying by.

    airk July 11, 2006, 10:36 pm
  • John Legend takes care of business with “God Bless America.” Thr r&b all-star brought his a-game. Beautifully done.

    YF July 11, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • YF a John Legend fan?

    walein July 11, 2006, 10:38 pm
  • Flash Gordon in the pen.

    walein July 11, 2006, 10:39 pm
  • After this game, I’m eagerly awaiting all the Sports Radio blowhards who’ve blasted the World Cup for its low scores to tear baseball a new one, since clearly low scores equal lame.

    airk July 11, 2006, 10:55 pm
  • BJ Ryan works the fastest half inning EVER

    airk July 11, 2006, 10:58 pm
  • I like me some John Legend. This game has been pretty dull. Even by World Cup standards, and that’s saying something.

    YF July 11, 2006, 11:04 pm
  • Oh man. Double off Hoffman with 2 outs for Glaus. But for a bounce the game is tied.

    YF July 11, 2006, 11:05 pm
  • things get interesting in the 9th! And McCarver loses his ability to speak!

    airk July 11, 2006, 11:05 pm
  • Triple for Michael Young!!!

    airk July 11, 2006, 11:06 pm
  • Young triple with 2 out in the bottom of the ninth!!! 2 runs in!!!! AL in the lead. (What’s new?)
    Mariano is up. Sucks to be the NL.

    YF July 11, 2006, 11:06 pm
  • That was some timely hitting.

    walein July 11, 2006, 11:07 pm
  • And Mauer drills Hoffman right in the ass. Take that Nationals!

    YF July 11, 2006, 11:07 pm
  • A couple of years ago it was Blalock. This year Young. Don’t wanna face those Ranger infielders w/ 2 outs in the 9th of an All Star game. Next year: Texeira?

    YF July 11, 2006, 11:09 pm
  • I’d love to see Rivera get into a jam, then have Papelbon come in to save his ass.

    airk July 11, 2006, 11:11 pm
  • Would rather see Papelbon here. Not really that excited about having Old Man Mo work in this thing. Let the kid do it.

    YF July 11, 2006, 11:12 pm
  • Thank you very little Lopez. Catch the friggin ball!

    YF July 11, 2006, 11:15 pm
  • Looks like Howard’s wearing a mic.

    YF July 11, 2006, 11:16 pm
  • Howard down 4-3 (phew). Should be over but for the Lopez error.

    YF July 11, 2006, 11:17 pm
  • Gun showing Mo at 96, which suggests it’s probably 2 mph fast? Mo generally in the 92-4 range.

    YF July 11, 2006, 11:18 pm
  • And a fly out for Carlos Lee.
    Mo gets the save. Yanks have home field advantage in the WS. Hallelujah and good night.

    YF July 11, 2006, 11:19 pm
  • heh… good pitching, exciting finish. I’ll give this one a B.

    airk July 11, 2006, 11:24 pm
  • Michael Young, MVP, wins a Chevy SUV. Way to use your big promo spot to promote a dying line of automobiles, Chevy.

    airk July 11, 2006, 11:27 pm
  • airk July 11, 2006, 11:30 pm
  • Al Gore hearts YFSF!

    YF July 11, 2006, 11:37 pm
  • Good for the AL. But come on… it’s not like the AL (be it Red Sox, White Sox or Tigers) isn’t going to SWEEP in the WS anyway. All this does is make it so that the last game is in Shea.

    Robin July 11, 2006, 11:41 pm
  • Why didn’t Garner let me pinch hit against Mariano?

    Nomar July 12, 2006, 2:06 am
  • I don’t know, Nomar, but I think I could have done a better job that Halladay or Rogers.

    Liriano July 12, 2006, 2:07 am
  • Nomah and Liriano heart YFSF!
    I was extremely disappointed not to see Nomar and Liriano and also Papelbon. Nomar, it seemed, was especially deserving of an appearance, coming back after so long and so much. Garner sucks. Liriano might have been held back because he pitched recently? Why didn’t Santana start? Okay. A million managerial questions to ask…..

    YF July 12, 2006, 9:22 am

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