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"Re(7):All-Star Game Tie...." , posted Mon 15 Jul 00:19
Re. the draw...
If the game had been called before the 9th inning, as opposed to well after, I'd have a problem.
If the reason wasn't legitimate, I'd have a problem.
If the managers had a real easy time of making the rosters, rather than having to juggle 30 stars...all of which must be used, don't forget...I'd have a problem.
If the reason for the draw was that all the players were making no attempt whatsoever to win, I'd have a problem. (It was 7-7, so I doubt that was the case.)
If I shared the same wild, irrational, foaming-at-the-mouth hatred of draws that most of the sports fans in this country apparently have (and I stress that my sister is a lovely human being and I'd kiss her any day), I'd have a problem.
If the game counted for anything, I'd have a problem.
As it stands, not only don't I have a problem, I firmly believe that anyone who does has no life. Fer chrissake, what part of "exhibition" don't you understand? You saw the best players. You saw a tight game. In the end, both sides were equally good. So let's accept this fact and get on with the rest of the season, okay?
Re. looming strike
I won't go into the gory details; any sports website will suffice for this. One thing that I feel compelled to point out, however, is that the owners are at least as much to blame as the players. Thanks to the antitrust exemption, they don't have to answer to anybody. The person who should be keeping an eye on them, Bud Selig, is an owner himself...how hard do you think he's going to crack down? They rake in all kinds of money from evey revenue source imaginable no matter how badly the team is doing. Wait, it gets better: none of them has any obgliation to make their finances public (well, I suppose the commissioner could do it, but you know good 'ol Bud)...meaning that they can claim anything at all when asked about finances. ("We are so strapped for cash right now! Why, we could only afford to construct 20 luxury boxes, and one of them doesn't even have cable reception!)
I'm not taking sides here; just want you all to know that the one paying those outrageous salaries shares some responsibility as well.
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