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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

All Star Memories & The K-Rod Conspiracy

National League 5 - American League 1
Congrats to:
• The National League
• Prince Fielder on his MVP Award
• Carlos Beltran on a 1-2 night and scoring a run

When Mets Blob was knee high to a glob, the All Star Game was an exciting event that brought together baseball's best. The mid-summer classic was played for nothing more than the love of the game and bragging rights between the AL and NL. Aside from the World Series, (and the old Mayor's trophy game for New Yorkers) this used to be the only time to see the two leagues go head to head.

Now the seemingly endless inter-league play leading up to the All Star break dilutes the All Star game. Some Blobbers may not remember the day when we didn't have access to every game in every market, MLB Network, ESPN, SNY, streaming games on your computer, tablet, or phone-not to mention the pure joy that is the Mets Blob.  For a long time, the speed of the National League dominated. Then the steroid/HGH era belonged to the American League. Now with two wins in a row, the National League has bounced back.

In 2002, Bud Selig forever tainted the mid summer classic for the Blob. That was year that Bud "Montgomery Burns" Selig called the game a tie in the 11th inning, and neither league won.
One of the beautiful things about baseball is there is always a winner and a loser. Ties are bullshit and don't belong in the show. We understand that the All Star Game is managed much like a Little League game in trying to make sure everybody gets play time in the standard 9 innings. But the game still needs an outcome. Then after fan backlash, Bud the super commissioner jerk off turned around in 2003, and in his twisted mind, gave the game meaning.  The winning League would now have home field advantage in the World Series. Fuck You, Bud! This game always had meaning to baseball fans. We were all waiting for the outcome in 2002. No matter how it ended, we wanted to watch. But you took the ball and went home. 

Mets Blob would not be surprised if the always shady Selig was part of moving K-Rod a bit too early in the season to the Brewers, his former team. Remember he loaned the Wilpons 50 million from MLB and then helped oversee the hiring of Sandy Alderson as our new GM. What's Sandy's first big move? Dealing our closer to the Brewers. What a shock.

The Blob knows K-Rod needed to be dealt at some point, but this was not the time, and this was not the team to deal with. The Blob feels as the race grows tighter in the next month or so, K-Rod's value would have gone up. Teams in the race may have fought for him, and we could have unloaded his contract and acquired quality prospects in return. The Brewers farm system is slop, and slop is what we will get whenever those players are named.

 Mets All Star Flashback
In 1979, Mazzilli led the Mets with 181 hits and 79 runs batted in, and was their sole representative at the All-Star Game in Seattle. Mazzilli hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth inning of that All-Star Game and drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning to bring in the winning run of the National League's 7–6 victory. The following year, he had his best statistical season, leading the Mets with 162 hits, 31 doubles, 16 home runs, 76 RBIs, 82 runs, and 41 stolen bases.

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