John Madden nails it: Why baseball’s All-Star Game rocks and all others suck


John Madden was knee-deep in an appreciation of the San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford — who will be the National League’s starting shortstop in next week’s All-Star Game — when the conversation took an abrupt aside.

“When they play the (baseball All-Star Game),” Madden said Wednesday on his KCBS call-in with Stan Bunger and Steve Bitker, “it’s the best All-Star Game there is because you can’t horse around in baseball.”

As usual, the coach is right as rain. And here’s why:

“In basketball, in their All-Star Game, they don’t play defense,” Madden said. “They horse around. Football, it’s really a terrible all-star game because they’re all horsing around. In baseball, the pitcher’s pitching so the hitter has to hit, the fielder has to field, and other than running or trying to get an extra base or stealing or something like that, It’s regular baseball.”

Moreover, aside from the lack of defense, the basketball and hockey All-Star games are often manipulated by players trying to set up the hometown hero. Football is a bit of a different beast because NO ONE wants to risk being injured in the Pro Bowl. So guys opt out with debilitating “injuries” such as razor burn, hangnail, ennui and problem dandruff.

Mostly it’s the aversion to intensity that undercuts the experience and leaves you, the spectator, feeling like you just had a $2 prime rib dinner on the Vegas Strip. And by aversion to intensity, we mean:

The past 10 NBA All-Star games have featured such scores as 163-155, 152-147 and 192-182 — that last one must have been the game in which they experimented with the 7-point line. The past 10 NHL All-Star games have had such scores as 17-12, 12-9, and 10-6. Remember the howls of protest when it was decided to cancel the NHL All-Star game during Olympic years? …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

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