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Running Blog of the 2009 MLB All-Star Game

I’ve always said that my favorite part of most blogs were the live updates on sporting events. But baseball, with it’s rather slow nature, doesn’t seem fit for constant updates that can attract readers.

But what the hell? I want to see if it works. If I enjoy it enough and if I feel that enough people are reading it, I’ll do some more live blogs for baseball games this year.

And if this All-Star Game, the sport’s 80th, is as exciting as the 79th, then this should be a pretty smooth, enjoyable ride.

5:10 p.m. – I really haven’t mentioned this to anyone, but it’s a shame that Zack Greinke isn’t starting this game for the AL.

5:10 p.m. – Brandon Inge was just introduced as an AL All-Star. Somewhere, Ian Kinsler is seething.

5:12 p.m. – How is Zach Duke in this game when the Pirates already have a representative? Yovani Gallardo, anyone?

5:13 p.m. – OK, I promise not to talk any more All-Star snubs. Until Zach Duke gets into the game!

5:21 p.m. –President Barack Obama will throw out tonight’s first pitch. Will it go something like this? Let’s watch.

5:27 p.m. – Well, now that everyone is crying after that opening … who’s ready for some baseball?!?!

5:28 p.m. – Oops, not yet. We have to hear Sheryl Crow sing first. That’s another thing that can make some other people cry … CRY FOR MERCY! OH!!!

5:33 p.m. – You know who should really be singing this national anthem? Nelly. Just sayin’ …

5:35 p.m. – Here’s hoping that Stan Musial takes Freddy Sanchez’s spot on the NL roster.

5:37 p.m. – “The Cleveland Show” looks atrocious. But if it’s as dumb as Family Guy, it’ll get the ratings.

5:39 p.m. – Uh-oh. The last time I saw a baseball legend enter an All-Star game in a golf cart, it was Ted Williams. Hopefully Stan can keep kicking a while longer. He does have a much better ride than Williams had. Damn.

5:40 p.m. – Barack Obama comes out to about an 90-10 ratio of cheers to boos. Thanks to Fox for not showing us where the ball ended up. I only know that the ball made it to the plate because Joe Buck told me! Bang-up camera work, kids!!

What, did they not have the center field camera set up already? That was pathetic.

5:47 p.m. – The scariest part of the new movie, Orphan, looks to be the promotional banner. It’s just creepy.

5:49 p.m. – Tim Lincecum’s hair looks to be reaching Randy Johnson status, circa 1995.

5:50 p.m. – Let’s hope Lincecum doesn’t try to Brad Penny himself: Get so amped up for starting an All-Star game (2006), throw nothing but fastballs as hard as he can and hurt his pitch velocity for the rest of his career.

5:53 p.m. – And Derek Jeter gets hit on the hand. Holy Christ!

5:57 p.m. – So, the first run of the game scores on an error by Albert Pujols. Well done, city ambassador.

First Ozzie Smith makes an error in the ESPN celebrity and all-star softball game last night and now this? As Vince Lombardi would yell, what the hell’s going on out here?!

6:00 p.m. – I don’t think they do pitchers fielding practice prior to All-Star games. Not that Hamilton would have been out if Lincecum had covered. But I’m guessing that fundamentals aren’t a huge priority on this stage.

6:03 p.m. – Roy Halladay takes the mound to face some of his future teammates the National League.

6:05 p.m. – Halladay vs. Pujols. I’ll predict a single to left. Nothing fancy.

6:07 p.m. – Well, it would have been a single to left, but Michael Young just snagged a bullet.

6:10 p.m. – The AL sure is being aggressive early.

6:13 p.m. – Well, at least a piece of Evan Longoria made it into the All-Star game — his helmet. That’s a great moment.

6:18 p.m. – What do you think that TV booth looks like outside of the camera’s shot? I just envision a ton of guys in suits and shades just outside the picture.

6:19 p.m. – Just saw this on the MLB.com Web site. Fairly interesting.

6:20 p.m. – Now that I’ve seen it, that first pitch was high — like Obama wanted it — he just needed to put more “umph!” behind it. Pujols had to step a little in front of the plate to catch that ball. It probably didn’t make it 60 feet.

Approval rating continues to drop.

6:22 p.m. – This is probably more of a decision made more by the president than Fox, but wouldn’t Fox be better served to have Obama in the booth after all of the starters have left and the game gets a little less interesting? It’s just the bottom of the second inning and I barely know what it going on.

But I guess the leader of the country can overrule a TV network on an appearance.

6:25 p.m. – Yadier Molina takes the early clubhouse lead for game MVP. Very early.

6:26 p.m. – Cito Gaston and J.P. Ricciardi are yelling at their TVs right now.

6:30 p.m. – Something that I heard today that kind of surprised me today. Did you know that Ryan Franklin was mentioned in the Mitchell Report? No one seems to care now. Of course, it is just Ryan Franklin.

6:32 p.m. – When asked how this All-Star experience has been, with starting the game and meeting the president, Roy Halladay is literally at a loss for words. Or his words were lost.

6:39 p.m. – Typical Mark Buehrle: Quick and boring.

6:40 p.m. – She said.

6:41 p.m. – I am a little bit surprised of the comeback that Buehrle has had in the past couple of years. He looked to be on the way down in 2006, but he has pitched very well and very under the radar since.

6:42 p.m. – Dan Haren now pitching for the National League in St. Louis. Hey, Mark Mulder … how are you doing?

6:49 p.m. – That Mercedes-Benz car should just drive itself. Also, if it’s going to wake up the driver when they fall asleep, stop the car when the driver becomes distracted or make sure the car stays in its lane, doesn’t that promote drunk driving? I mean, if the car is going to cover up all of your drunken mistakes, what do you have left to lose?

6:53 p.m. – Zack Greinke shows why he should have started this game, not Halladay. Also, him being on the mound gives me an excuse to show this again.

Best shirt ever made.

6:56 p.m. – I love scoring baseball games. I score every game I go to and, in cases when I am feeling frisky, games that I just watch on TV. About 10 years ago, I tried to score an All-Star game at home.

This inning shows why that is always a bad idea, especially in a National League park, where you can have double switches.

7:00 p.m. – At just a bit more than an hour long and already in the top of the 5th inning, I am not liking the pace of this game. A bench mark for a good game should be three hours.

7:03 p.m. – The game has hit a serious lull … and just as I say that, Mauer goes into the opposite-field corner to tie the score at 3-3.

7:07 p.m. – What a play by Pujols. It’s early, but I have a feeling we’ll be looking back on that play when this game is still tied in the 24th inning.

7:08 p.m. – Who’s next out of the ‘pen?

7:10 p.m. – Edwin Jackson! The reason why everyone came to this All-Star game: to see Edwin Jackson!

He has been tremendous this year, though. The Dodgers would have liked for him to be this good about six years ago.

7:12 p.m. – Way to take some pitches, National League.

7:16 p.m. – Great turn by Tejada. 24 INNINGS, I SAY!!

7:19 p.m. – Remaining pitchers for NL: Bell, Cordero, Josh Johnson, Lilly, Marquis, K-Rod, Johan Santana, Duke.

Remaining pitchers for AL: Bailey, Beckett, Fuentes, Felix Hernandez, Nathan, Papelbon, Rivera, Verlander and Wakefield.

7:20 p.m. – At this point in the game, I have to give the slight edge to the AL in pitchers because of the closers available.

7:21 p.m. – Some balls have been hit hard in this game, they just aren’t getting enough lift underneath them.

7:23 p.m. – This game is destined to come down to Andrew Bailey vs. Zach Duke on the mound.

7:24 p.m. – Jason Statham should just stick to movies in which he is electrocuting himself to live and stop these Audi commercials.

7:29 p.m. – Going to the bottom of the 7th, this should be the Papelbon inning from what I heard.

7:30 p.m. – “From the mountains to the pairies … .” Nicely done, Sara.

7:34 p.m. – Wow!!! Carl Crawford!!

7:35 p.m. – I like how Buck says that we are now getting into closer territory, “so it should be tougher to score runs” and even before he finishes the sentence, we get the deepest ball hit all night.

That would have been a home run, too. Tejada follows that with another deep fly out.

But they are still just outs, people. 24! 24! 24! 24!

7:37 p.m. – Crawford played that ball rather awkwardly, but it’s not like he plays the outfield in St. Louis often. I was a bit surprised he came up with that one because he had gotten himself all twisted around.

7:39 p.m. – As a Yankees fan, I root for the AL in these All-Star games, typically. But if a Red Sox had to give up the winning run, I’d take it.

Maybe it’ll be Beckett.

7:43 p.m. – Mariano Rivera’s son looks just as old as Derek Jeter.

7:44 p.m. – And Curtis Granderson tells us that someone actually wants to win this game. That seemed like an effortless triple.

7:46 p.m. – Interesting first pitch from Bell to Jones there. Good thing Adam wasn’t looking to swing on that first pitch.

7:47 p.m. – Bell has to climb the ladder here.

7:49 p.m. – Bell certainly climbed that ladder, but Jones got good wood on it. I thought that was gone off the bat.

Who is the MVP right now?

7:52 p.m. – Well, at least we know who the AL MVP is in one man’s mind: Kevin Youkilis. Thanks, McCarver.

7:56 p.m. – If the score stays this way, Tim Wakefield isn’t going to get into this game, and that is just a tad disappointing, even for me. You hate for a guy to wait that long to make his first All-Star game and not even play.

8:01 p.m. – The Fox broadcasters pretty much said it before I could, but how about Orlando Hudson this year. Picked up off the scrap heap by the Dodgers for a few million dollars. How about him for MVP?

That’s a bit tongue in cheek.

8:03 p.m. – Business has just picked up as Howard steps in, looking to drive Nathan’s fastball over the Gateway Arch.

8:05 p.m. – Tim McCarver on Ryan Howard: “He likes the ball out over the plate.”

As opposed to what? In his eyes? Three feet in front of the plate? In the other batter’s box? EVERYONE LIKES THE BALL OUT OVER THE PLATE!!

8:07 p.m. – There may be some pride involved, but why don’t they just walk Howard and pitch to Upton?

Maybe because Howard will go after pitches like that, which hit dirt before they hit leather.

Paging Mariano Rivera … paging Mariano Rivera …

8:12 p.m. – Upton, Hawpe and Tejada due up for the NL in this inning. Freddy Sanchez and Hunter Pence are still available off the bench.

8:17 p.m. – It’s no surprise that he hasn’t given up an earned run in seven All-Star games. National Leaguers don’t know how to adjust to that cutter.

Brad Hawpe is going to have a hell of a time when he steps into the box next.

8:19 p.m. Told ya.

8:21 p.m. – Tejada is 6 for 23 in his life against Rivera with two doubles and seven RBIs, most of that production coming when he was a much different hitter with the A’s.

8:23 p.m. – A soft pop-up to right and the AL wins its 12th consecutive All-Star game decision.

So who is the MVP? Granderson who tripled and scored the winning run in his only at bat? Jeter scored two runs. Joe Mauer had a hit, run and RBI. Or maybe Rivera, who breaks the record for most saves in an All-Star game with four.

8:25 p.m. – I’ll say Granderson. Shot in the dark.

8:27 p.m. – Or instead, Carl Crawford. He gets the award for that catch he made in the 7th. Oh well. Everyone will forget who won this award in two weeks anyway.

8:29 p.m. – So after Halladay gave up three runs in the first two innings, Buehrle, Greinke, Jackson, Hernandez, Papelbon, Nathan and Rivera give up one hit and one walk in the final seven innings.

8:31 p.m. – two hours, 31 minutes for time of game. I want my money back.

Even though I watched it from my home. I want something back.

8:34 p.m. – Solid game and best of all, no Zach Duke!!

8:35 p.m. – Well, while Fox kills time until the top of the hour because of the short game, I’m going to sign off. Thanks to all who checked this out and followed along. Maybe I’ll do more running blogs on baseball games in the future.

Thanks again!!!

  1. Carson
    July 14, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Franklin was actually suspended under the drug policy in 2005 as well as being in the Mitchell Report. You are right. It has gotten swept under the rug. Great job on the running blog.

    • spokes310
      July 14, 2009 at 6:44 pm

      Thank you, sir. Thanks for reading.
      It’s weird how well Franklin is pitching this year. I am glad to have him on my fantasy team, but it makes you wonder …
      Must be that beard.

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