Before we get to the entertaining developments surrounding Baseball’s forthcoming All Star Game, which I had planned for tonight, lets get sadly serious first.
Over the weekend, very sadly, 50 brave people (at the last count) lost their lives in a club in Orlando. Well, actually, 1 of those dead was the lunatic who carried out the massacre, but anyway…Given he was a homophobic wife beater, maybe his death was for the best? The other 49 though, a very tragic loss. Just to say that all my thoughts, best wishes, and sympathies go out to the families, and friends of those whose lives were taken by this ghastly man.
I also briefly want to mention the thankful fact that before a white man, equally equipped with weapons was stopped, before he reached L.A Pride is only a blessing. Just proves, only too sadly, that the fight against homophobia is far from over.
Oh fine, now lets get to the, err, serious(?) stuff.
Given the baseball season is fast approaching halfway, it means that we are getting ever closer to the show, that is the All Star game. Like most of these games, its generally taken less than seriously, probably for the best, but its the only one that actually affects other events, in that the winning conference gets the extra home game in the World Series. But despite that, its not the most competitive game of the year, shall we say?
One of the side events at this, is the lunacy known as the Home Run Derby. This is where the best hitters of the conferences get fed soft pitches, and attempt to smash as many out of the park as possible. Well, thats what happens normally, this year might just give us something different. The AL pitchers only ever hit when they play in an NL park. So its fair to say that most of them have hitting skills, only slightly better than mine. Yes, that bad! In truth, most of the NL pitchers arent a lot better! But there are a few, who not only enjoy batting, they are quite decent at it too!
The best one, plays for the San Francisco Giants (the Dodgers fan in me turns away at this point), goes by the name of Madison Bumgarner, and this guy really can bat. Hey, he’s hit 2 home runs off my beloved Clayton Kershaw, and there’s not many that can say that! And, being a character, and a good bat, he wants to have a go at the Home Run Derby himself. The snag, it means one less top hitter from the NL having a go, but given events like this could always to with a shake up, it might not be that bad a thing? His team, understandably arent sure about the idea, mainly because of the injury issue, so whether it will happen?
The thing is, now a few other pitchers, who enjoy hitting the ball, also want to join in!
I must admit, if the clubs involved will agree to it, it would be fun. I admit it, adding another challenge to the Kershaw/Bumgarner/Greinke (among others) rivalry like this, would be a lot of fun. The snag of course, is that generally, its at least theoretically a contest between the 2 leagues, and the AL pitchers, well, they cant really play a part in this, because they dont bat. So I dont know, maybe the 3 divisions in the NL could do something?
I’m not sure if the new event could be fitted into the schedule this year, or not? I suspect if it was impossible, that MLB wouldnt discuss the matter, so I assume it can. Equally, I suspect Madison wants to go in the Home Run Derby proper, so we will see? Yes, I hope so!
Now all we need is to convince Vin Scully to commentate on the All Star Game festivities, and… 😀
Fine, video time. What a baseball might be saying to a pitcher, at the All Star Game, just maybe?