i wished i had chosen to not stop playing ncaa 10 or even gone to harry potter over watching that yawner ... this game never finds a way to capture my intrest and i love baseball ... thoughts?
fair point that
I saw Bruno tonight.. only to return to watch the last two innings of the game. Boring indeed. I loved how they were hyping up Howard (playing in front of a home crowd) then he blew it big time.
How was Bruno?
At least Granderson scored the winning run.
The All Star Game is always boring. The game is virtually meaningless (home field advantage means less in baseball than in any other sport during the playoffs). Furthermore, the game is generally boring because the players don't care and its hard to get worked up rooting for the American League. It's only really worth watching to see specific players (like Inge or seeing Cal Ripken in his last season), and as they only play for a few innings, you really don't get much out of it.
EDIT: Proof of my assertion that home field advantage isn't that important in the MLB playoffs: Home teams in MLB best-of-seven series are 76-61 (.555). This includes the Yankees, who are 21-7 at home (11-6 on the road). Furthermore, it fails to account for the fact that the team with the best record (and therefore, generally the better team) gets to play at home in both the ALCS and the NLCS, which further bolsters the 76-61 record.
Maybe it's just me, but I enjoy the pitching. When the AL can roll out Papelbon, Nathan, THEN Rivera it's pretty sick. And you can't tell me the HR robbing catch from Crawford wasn't exciting.
I agree. I found the MLB All Star game to be interesting, much more so than the NBA ALl Star or NFL Pro Bowl. I thought the AL pitching was great and the beginning and end of the game was exciting w/ pitching dominating the middle.
Crawfords play was exciting as well as solid plays by Pujols at 1st (except error in 1st) and Young at 3rd.
Im a Tigers fan so I always root for the AL. Watching pitchers hit is so boring.
I am not a fan of inter league play and how it takes away from the spectacle of both the All Star game and world series, but I was actually impressed with the game last night. Coming in with very low expectations, I loved the solid pitching and defense, and it was great that the game only took 2.5 hours once all of the pregame bologna was done. The catch by Crawford, Jackson's quick and scoreless inning and Granderson's triple were outstanding.
Nonsense, I thought that was an excellent game. The pitching, AL's especially, was dominant. It helped that it was a fun game to watch if you're a Tigers fan, what with Edwin Jackson needing only four pitches to get through his inning and Granderson tripling and scoring the game-winning run. There was some great defense played, Carl Crawford with that catch and Pujols made some fantastic plays at first to atone for the earlier error, just a couple examples. Solid game all-around, I thought. Baseball's ASG is the best of the four sports. The other three are fun in their own way because nobody bothers with defense, but in baseball, everyone really cares about winning once they get started, and not just because of the home-field advantage thing.
what makes a game interesting for you. I, for one, am a fan of close lower scoring games. Most all-star games are just a huge sluggfest that really has no defense, pitching or base running. I thought this had a bit of everything except the longball (which was the only part I was disappointed with). I love to see homeruns but a close game with defensive plays and well pitched ball is good enough for me.
I'm a HUGE fan of watching low scoring pitching duels. Nothing quite like it in sports to me. Edwin Jackson looked awesome! Granderson's triple was exciting. I'm so glad he scored the winning run. I might just have to wear my Grandy jersey around today. Good for Inge getting to play in an MLB All-star game. His hard work has payed off! And I know Verlander didn't pitch...but I'm sure this won't be his last dance in the ASG.
can someone take the time to explain baseball to me. make me understand what attracts people to it cuz i tried watching it and it seems really boring to me
Well, a player called a pitcher throws the ball from the playing field towards an area called 'home plate'. A batter from another team stands at this home plate and tries to hit the baseball with a bat and get the ball to land inside of the playing field, while the pitchers teammates try to either catch the ball on the fly or get to the ball and throw it to one of the three 'bases' located within the playing field. The hitter, if he gets the ball in play, scurries from 1st base to 2nd base to 3rd base, trying to get to home plate and score a run. Each team gets three outs per inning and nine innings per game to score more runs then the other team. The team with the most points win the game.
This is pretty half-assed, but let me know if you have any questions. Wikipedia might be a good resource for you.
1 - the nuances of most other games are tough if not impossible to pick up except by those who actually play or coach. The nuances of baseball are many, and remarkably easy to pick up on IME.
2 - no other game except maybe tennis has such dramatic individual battles.
3 - no other game has such potential for late-stage drama with such little risk of cutting to commercial every other minute.
4 - there is no such thing as an insurmountable lead. There's no clock, so you can't let up and burn time just because you have a five-run lead late. You still have to play just like you did all game.
5 - the players aren't hidden under masks and helmets or walled off behind a glass cage. They're also not freakishly sized or togged out in weird equipment the whole time. They look like regular human beings, and they're the most approachable folks in sports.
6 - crisp and cool autumn Saturdays in October at the stadium are one step shy of pure heaven, but beautiful, warm, cloudless, slightly breezy, lazy Friday nights in June at the ballpark are pure heaven.
7 - Ernie Harwell.