With the 2011 MLB All-Star Game officially in the books, some thoughts...
The Home Run Derby needs to be updated. I touched on it briefly when I wrote this for Marlins Daily, but it bears repeating. Add something to the event. Anything. Just don't make me sit there and watch three hours of the same brutal shit over and over and over again. The biggest complaint non-fans have about baseball is that it moves too slow and, holy shit, did we ever prove them right on Monday night.
Regardless, Mike Stanton should have been in the Home Run Derby. I don't care what anyone says, allowing players to pick the participants is the stupidest fucking thing ever. It's even more ridiculous than making the All-Star Game count for something. Rickie. Weeks. Ricky Fucking Weeks. That's who we got to watch on Monday because Prince Fielder is a fucking idiot who isn't the slightest bit interested in what the fans want to see. Homers are usually homers. Rickie Weeks homers look no different than Cliff Lee homers. But, Mike Stanton homers? Stantongasms? Yeah, you're probably right, Prince. Nobody wants to see those. FUCKING ASSHOLE.
Gaby Sanchez was pretty useless, but not nearly the most useless Marlins All-Star ever, so there's that. With his one at-bat, Gaby popped up to second. Not a base hit, but certainly not 3 errors, 3 K's, and GIDP.
Gaby's wife, Judy, wrote a little something about the couple's trip to All Star week for the Miami Herald. It's as boring as you'd expect, but she does throw this in there:
After unpacking, admiring the exquisite room that's equipped with a bathtub and a shower, and figuring out the game plan for tomorrow, we finally got into bed at 1:40 Arizona time (4:40 a.m. for us).Shut the front door, Judy! A bathtub AND a shower? Man, this must be one of them fancy hotels I always hear about on the news. They got a sink in that room, too?