The Major League Baseball All-Star game was played Tuesday night after the Herald's deadline for this week's column.
The game is the only one among the professional sports All-Star games that has any meaning left. The NBA affair is nothing but a “you take your dunk or three pointer then I'll take mine” game. The NFL event is touch football played in pads. Neither game means much of anything.
The MLB gala at least has both teams playing for something: the right to home-field advantage in the World Series.
So, what that comes down to is when Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Yu Darvish, Zachary Greinke, Felix Hernandez or any of the other All-Star pitchers played it had a real meaning. Just as did the hitting and fielding of Derek Jeter, Miguel Cabrera, Troy Tulowitzki, Andrew McCutchen, Paul Goldschmidt, Yoenis Cespedes, Adam Jones, Anthony Rizzo, Ian Kinsler or Mike Trout.
As much of a sports fan as I am, I can't tell you the last time I watched an NBA or NFL All-Star game. I can tell you I planned to watch the MLB game Tuesday night.