Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Slight Selig Schadenfreude

Re: MLB's All-Star game:

I was rooting for a tie.

I've never liked the fact that World Series homefield rests on something relatively silly and random like one exhibition game. I will admit that the game feels different now...there's loads more at stake, and the players seem to be a bit more intense than they were five or ten years ago. Still, I hope to hell Brandon Webb or Scott Kazmir don't get hurt down the line. Why? Because a pennant race is more important than an All-Star Game. Thus it is, and thus it should always be.

So, if this went through the 16th and both managers said "Sorry, it's over," two things would have happened.

1. We would have gotten to see a look on Bud Selig's face that's some combination of deja vu, dread, hell, and soul-crushing despair. I'm not a Selig-basher like many others are, but something about the way that guy wears his emotions...well, maybe it's just joy that it isn't happening to me, but it's a pretty incredible TV shot. (But is it documentary or reality?)

2. Selig would have been forced, right then and there, to decide who got the home field for the World Series. And he would have had to have gone to the earlier status quo...he would have declared that the league champion with the better regular-season record got to host the World Series.

Which, I think, would have sparked discussion on All-Star Home Field again, and could have ended this misguided playing-for-home-field experiment...which is ridiculous for so many reasons, all of which we saw tonight.

UPDATE: Whoa. My wife and I were simultaneously blogging about the same game. Do we know how to party or what?

1 comment:

pankleb said...

1. Have it pre-announced that if tied after 16 (or whatever), Team X wins home field based on coin flip done the week before, tea leaf analysis, and/or tarot card reading. Or ...

2. The same, except AL gets it if odd year, NL if even year. Or ...

3. Home run derby involving five guys who are still on the field. Or ...

4. Home run derby involving five guys who have left the game already. Or ...

5. Home run derby involving guys who have fewer than ten homers to date. One must be a pitcher (If Owings ever makes an ASG, watch out). Or ...

6. Fukudome and Ichiro battle it out in those blowup sumo suits, one of the most tasteless moves imaginable.