July 11, 2006
The Major League Baseball All-Star game is a dichotomy within the world of sports. On the surface it is a celebration of sorts, a milestone that marks the half way point of a marathon of 162 games. It is an opportunity for the fans to recognize their favorite players. Notice that I said recognize their favorite and not recognize the most deserving. Let’s not be delusional, the majority of fans voting do so based on name recognition not on merit. How else can you explain Mike Piazza being voted as the starting catcher for the National League? When was the last time a reserve catcher was named the starter of anything?