Bud Selig has sunk even lower than I thought possible. He is now crediting Ron Santo and Hank Aaron for the asinine decision to link home-field to the All-Star Game.
On the Mike & MIke podcast yesterday, which I listened to at the gym this morning, Selig said the infamous tie is NOT the reason for the All-Star Game being linked to home-field. (LIAR!)
He said the year before, he visited his "dear friend' Ron Santo in the hospital and Ron told him that the game used to mean something and that Selig needed to create that "intensity" again. He said Hank Aaron told him the same thing.
So the festering cesspool that is now the All-Star Game was born.
Selig blathered on about how intense the game used to be and how Ted Williams broke his elbow in 1950 and kept playing.
I can't even imagine how livid I would be if Aramis or D. Lee were in this game, broke an elbow and kept playing.
This is an EXHIBITION game. Nothing of consequence should be tied to this thing. I have refused to watch it ever since they passed the rule and I will not watch tonight. I've got some History Channel stuff on TiVo.
I get not wanting a tie game. There is one simple fix. Relax the substitution rules. If pitchers and position players can come back in, you'll never run out of players. Bingo bango bongo. Done.
If you must tie this game to something in order to get players to take it seriously, fine. Put up some money and the winner donates it to charity.
And do NOT invoke the name of Santo and Aaron again, Selig.