Anybody watch last night’s 15-inning All-Star
marathon game? Everybody was all up in arms a few years ago when the Mid-Summer Classic ended in a tie. In light of last night’s yawner, that seems like an act of grace.
Here’s an idea to keep us from someday seeing position players pitch in an All-Star Game: in the event of a tie, each team chooses one representative for a 5-out Home Run Derby contest to determine the winner. How great would it have been to see Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols duke it out after 9 innings? No bullpens get burned up, you don’t further risk injury playing extra innings in a (practically) meaningless game…I’m no Bud Selig, but I don’t see the problem here. It’s better than a 15-inning slogfest that ends at 1:45am after half the crowd has long headed for the turnstiles.
And while we’re at it, can we get rid of the silly “winner gets home field in the Series” stuff? Please.