All-Star Game 2010: National League pancakes the American League

Similar to what had transpired the night of the 2008 All-Star Game, I intended to watch most, if not all, of the 2010 event, but ended up doing something else.  I did flip back and forth between the channels, but I spent the majority of prime-time last night on NCIS: Los Angeles and public television.   It was the middle or bottom of the fifth inning when I changed the channel to Fox; neither team had scored yet.  When I turned back during the sixth inning, the American League had put one run on the board.  I didn’t see too many exciting plays (except for Kuo Hong-Chih throw the ball over the head of the first baseman).   When I was about to go upstairs to bed, the National League had just put three players to home.  Handbags, I missed it.  Get game summary, play-by-play, and stats here.

Click here to read about those helmets.

My desire to watch televised baseball has waned significantly in the last few years.  The small amount of the All-Star Game that I did catch–no pun intended–has piqued my curiosity again.  Is it the way the basemen shift weight from one hip to the other?  Or, that there are enough close-ups and still moments in the game that I can look into the eyes of the one at bat? Think, think, think.

To read more about the game, go:

AJC

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6 thoughts on “All-Star Game 2010: National League pancakes the American League

  1. Phil

    “……My desire to watch televised baseball has waned significantly in the last few years……….”

    Peut-être parce que le médium de la télévision et le sport du baseball sont intrinsèquement pas compatible?

    Pour moi, certains sports sont par nature ennuyeuse à la télévision, même si elles sont intrinsèquement sportives intéressantes. Je pense en particulier de tennis – un jeu rapide et habile, mais c’est ennuyeux à la télévision.

    Paradoxalement, les sports les moins spectaculaires sont les plus intéressants à regarder à la télévision. Je pense en particulier de golf et snooker (l’équivalent en Angleterre de billard). A la télévision, ils sont fascinants (ou je le crois).

    Dans les mots de Marshall McLuhan: “The medium is the message”.

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    1. sittingpugs Post author

      Different momentum in game-play.

      I wax more poetic about baseball ici et ici.

      Je pense en particulier de tennis – un jeu rapide et habile, mais c’est ennuyeux à la télévision.

      Oui.

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  2. Q Smith

    The All Star game just doesn’t draw me in closely anymore, maybe I am getting older, maybe it’s too easy to see the guys who are static most of the game as not quite deserving millionaires. After watching the World Cup it’s almost an effort to think of baseball players as “real” athletes, and I used to be so passionate about the game!

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    1. sittingpugs Post author

      Hey Q Smith, thanks for stopping by. It does seem like professional athletes make too much money for what they do or don’t do while they’re “on the job.” But the parameters of their being “on the job” are malleable and cover a lot of ground. Hitting a ball, striking out batters, dunking the ball, making touchdowns, sacking the quarterback, making an interception, making the field goals, protecting the quarterback, being a kick-arse goalie… and the like … are the primary responsibilities for these athletes.

      The secondary level of duties consists of how these men and women interact with the media and the public–fan and non-fan alike. Like politicians and artists, athletes must be careful about what they say, how they say it, and how they behave when they know (or assume) they are being watched. I’d argue that this tier is more difficult to manage than winning a game.

      The tertiary level would include the athletes’ choices directly or indirectly related to their families and habits as a consumer. How much of that money will provide for how many people? How much of that signing bonus or contract renewal will still be there after agent, PR manager, lawyer, and accountant fees are paid? Medical specialist (not provided by the team or league). Sure, one can get endorsements, but if one does not handle the secondary level of work with professionalism and common sense, then endorsements can be gone.

      Athletes may suffer from minor or major injuries like anyone else, but their financial security is tied to the probability of physiological impairment. Nonetheless, with baseball, there is a temptation to reach into the TV screen (or down the stands and onto the field) and tell the players, “I know you’ve probably only got an average of five solid years in ya, and if you break something, you don’t play and that hurts your ego and causes much restlessness, but could you look like you don’t want to be anywhere else or doing anything else? Or maybe donate a few thousand of your millions to your local humane society or war vets association?”

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