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MLB Buffoonery at the All-Star Game

After watching† the botching of the All Star game you realize a little more why a strike is imminent. When the commissioner of baseball cannot handle the simple task of ending an exhibition game without screwing it up, how the hell can he be trusted to make decisions for the entire league? I can agree with ending the game in a tie, the gameís score is meaningless anyway, but making a decision in the middle of an inning is just plain stupid. If the managers are out of players, then announce in the top of the 11th inning that it would be the last inning played, for the good of the players, making a kneejerk decision in the middle of an inning highlights Budís poor decision making. Other than that it was a fun All Star game to watch, Torii Hunter made a great catch to rob Barry Bonds of a homerun in the first inning, and the White Sox representatives performed well, though no one apparently performed well enough to win the inaugural Ted Williamís Award as All Star game MVP. When the powers that are running the league canít handle a simple exhibition game without creating controversy how in the hell can they be expected to run an entire league?†

An Underwhelming First-Half

The first half of the season has been underwhelming to say the least, a good start that lost steam in May and never really got rolling again. The All Star break has emphasized† a clubhouse rift over Frank Thomas and his feelings on being benched, and Jerry Manuel has done a poor job of keeping his house in order over the whole matter. Frank has not handled this well, but neither has Jerry or Paul Konerko for that matter, Jerry could have let Thomas know he was being benched, and Paul could have kept clubhouse matters in the clubhouse where they belong. Frank, as a veteran, deserved to be told he was being sat down, instead of finding out the day of the game, Jerry dropped the ball on this one, and Paul tripped over it instead picking it up. All in all not a good way to† kick start the second half of the season, especially with the fact that the Sox are 7 ņ games behind the mighty Twins in the standings. My optimism from the beginning of the season is still there, but it is not nearly as strong, in light of the way the Sox have underachieved in the first half of the season.†

Bass Fishing looking Good!

The All Star break also gave the MLBPA a chance to meet in Rosemont to discuss a strike date, and similar to 1993 no date was set. Bud has lifted the gag order placed on the owners so that they can speak out about how much money the game is losing, yet he allows the MLB owned Expos to move their entire minor league system in an outright attempt to increase the value of the franchise. Are you still wondering why there is going to be a strike? The MLBPA† already questions the fact that the league is running a franchise in an outright conflict of interest, this just compounds the problem, if Bud really wanted to bring financial reform to the league he would not have bailed out Jeff Loria and let the league purchase the Expos.† The simple act of letting Loria declare the Expos bankrupt would have been the single stone that caused an avalanche, but it would also allow the courts to examine the books of an MLB franchise in detail, something Bud and the rest of the owners can not afford to let happen. Baseball desperately needs an independent commissioner, for the good of the game, the status quo has obviously failed.†

You might want to consider becoming a fan of Pro Bass fishing, come September it might be the only game in town.

Dave Schmitt is a life-long resident of the Joliet area, with the exception of two years spent being the only Sox fan in the hell hole known as Baytown Texas, where the trucks are large and the alligators are hungry.† Plumber by trade, hunter by choice, and fisherman 'cause you canít hunt year round.† Married With Children, and four dogs that are confirmed Sox fans.† The kids have less sense.† You can send email to Daver at

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