All Star Game, What's the point? Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by World Cup Fan, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jul 14, 2010 at 8:28 am
I am not much of a baseball game, I find it boring, often low scoring, and watching oversized men squeeze into tight uniforms and attempt to run rather amusing. But there are some in my home who have been really enthusiastic in watching the All Star Game with strong views on which players should be on each team.
With this in mind, I ask what is the point of the All Star Game? Money and revenue aside, why is there so much hype about a two league, one game competition?
A much better idea would be to have a game, or series of games in which a US team was fielded against a "Rest of the World" team and players got to play for their country rather than a league. This would mean that the winners of the competition could truly call themselves world champions and they would get the honor of wearing a uniform representing their country and knowing that they were among the best their country could call on. For the fans, they would know to root for their country, or the rest of the World. Indeed, with enough players from so many countries other than the US, there could be several countries in the competition. Hey, it could be called the "Baseball World Cup" or "Baseball World Series". Perhaps it could also be played less regularly to make the honor of playing or winning that much more special - say every four years.
I think with these simple changes, an international audience could perhaps be found and the game improved for those of us without much interest in baseball to start taking note.
Posted by Me Too, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jul 14, 2010 at 8:40 am
Fan, not sure if you are joshing, but if not - you spoke and baseball listened! Since 2006 there has been the "World Baseball Classic" which is a pre-MLB season tournament between national teams held every four years. Japan won the 2 Classics so far, besting South Korea most recently. US MLB has heavily promoted the tourney try to build their international audience.
Posted by Annoyed, a resident of another community, on Jul 14, 2010 at 9:37 am
World cup fan and me too. Baseball is Americas' pastime not soccer. Other countries play it and are often succesful and that's why we have outstanding players from other countries. Soccer has never caught on here as the same level as other countries and I would bet it never will.
The allstar game is a part of baseballs' history honoring the best and the fan favorites. It is watched and enjoyed by millions.
Are you old enough to remember the saying....Mom, apple pie and baseball?
Posted by World Cup Fan, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jul 14, 2010 at 6:48 pm
My somewhat tongue in cheek remarks are as a result of some of the comments on the Soccer is Boring thread. The same comments have been made by many about soccer and putting them on a thread about baseball makes them sound the same to baseball fans, as the soccer comments were felt by soccer fans. But, I intend this to be a lighthearted discussion if any more join in.
Me Too, I did not know that. It shows that there is very little hype about this competition. I would imagine that more baseball fans know about the World Cup, than soccer fans know about the World Baseball Classic. The definition of the word "classic" in the competition could do with some clarification, methinks.
Posted by Me Too, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jul 14, 2010 at 8:37 pm
The WBC I this has some traction in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, and some South America and Caribbean nations. Less so in the US, where I think it is at best a curiosity, worse a distraction from the MLB season (with players occasionally being injured in WBC play and missing part of the MLB season). But it is just getting started and may yet catch on here.