Enough with the all-star game deciding who gets home-field advantage. That was the stupidest decision ever in regards to fairness.
In whatever year that was, the all-star game ended in a tie. I applaud the GM and the managers who agreed that it was a good move to end the game instead of keep playing on. At that time, the all-star game was an exhibition, a fun little game in which the best of the best went out on the same field and showcased their talents. And then the game ends without a winner. Most real fans didn't care. But every idiot comes out and starts yelling about baseball games not ending in ties. I watched some show on VH1 the other day in which B-list Hollywood actors were criticizing the baseball decision makers. Hippie morons.
The all-star weekend is supposed to be fun. You have a home run derby, where the guy who is best at hitting a fastball he knows is coming wins. Very fun. I enjoy watching. But it does not make the winner the best home run hitter. There aren't any curve balls or change-ups thrown. And you can take a pitch right down the middle of the plate with no penalty. It's entertainment, and that's where it ends. Raw power defeats intelligence. Not exactly the baseball mentality there.
Then you have the all-star game itself. Is the league that wins better than their opponent? No, it means that the best players in that league are better than the best players in the other league. Forget about depth. It doesn't matter at all. And if the Cardinals meet the White Sox meet in the World Series, what is the best way to hand out home-field advantage? Should we give it to the team with the better record? No, that's too intelligent. Should we alternate, giving it to the NL one year and the AL the next? Nope, too fair. Let's give it to the team that wins the all-star game. Let's just give it to the league with the bigger stars. Let's give it to the NL team that earned a Wild Card over the AL team that won 100 games and dominated all year long. Stupid.
And let's let the fans decide who plays in the all-star game. It is not fair that a Mets fan votes for the worst first baseman in the American League because he wants him to play for them in the game, because the National League is more likely to win, and his team might get an extra home game in the World Series. Or he might be smart, and vote for who he thinks is the number 2 first baseman in the AL, in the hopes that #2 beats out #1 because enough American League fans voted wrong and enough National League fans voted right.
The bottom line is, the way the all-star game is set up now, you could have Yankee fans pulling for Papelbon to close it out, or Red Sock fans rooting for Jeter or A-Rod to drive in the winning run, because it might help you out in the future. And no matter where you stand on the current all-star situation, you have to admit there is something wrong with that picture.
As a Mets fan, let's go Chase Utley. Yeah right. You'd have to shoot me before I ever root for him. And if the Mets lose the World Series in 7 games because the AL won the all-star game, I will bitch and moan to anyone who will listen. All-Star game. Bottom of the 9th. NL down by 1. 1 man on. NL batter hits the ball deep to left, it's to the wall..... and caught up against it. Game over. NL champ loses to AL champ in Game 7 three months later as a direct result, because of 5 feet. Bullshit.
Proposal: there are interleague games. Whichever league wins the overall season series gets the home-field advantage. At least then, it's the teams that determine how the World Series matches up. Not the best players from whichever league they happen to be in that earn it, possibly for a team they dislike. David Ortiz hits a grand slam to win the all-star game. 3 months later, the Yankees win the World Series at home in 7. All Red Sox fans are pissed that Ortiz hit a grand slam. Stupid.