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What would be worse in the all-star game?

To have position pitchers pitch?
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To have a tie?
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What would be worse in an all-star game?

Postby thedude » Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:23 am

Outfielder J.D. Drew, who smacked a two-run homer before being named MVP of the All-Star Game, may have been needed as an emergency pitcher if Tuesday's 15-inning marathon had gone on much longer.
American League manager Terry Francona conceded that with his pitching resources all-but exhausted, Drew was in his thoughts for a spell on the mound.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/feedarticle/7655135

“But if they told me to do it, that’s what I would have done,” added Drew, who said he last pitched in a game in high school. “I’d have thrown some stuff up there. But it wouldn’t have been very pretty, that’s for sure.”


http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/base ... ion=recent

"I spoke to David Wright," said Hurdle. "I told David, `You were the last pick [on the roster]. I went and got you. Have you ever pitched in an All-Star Game?'

"I said, `You wanted to be in this thing. That's all I've read, all I've heard, for the last three days. Well, you won't believe how much you might be in it here real quick.'"

It was at that point that Wright realized what was happening here. If Lidge ran out of steam sometime before dawn, he might really find himself pitching. In an All-Star Game.

In his actual lifetime.

"I told him I was ready," Wright reported. "I was just hoping to get one out, so I'd have an ERA in the All-Star Game."

Thinking back on his pitching career, Wright concluded that the last time he'd pitched was "probably Little League." And was he any good? "Well," he replied, "I'm not a pitcher now. Am I?"


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The all-star game could have come down to Drew and Wright on the mound. :-o
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Re: What would be worse in an all-star game?

Postby DSheppard » Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:30 am

players pitching makes a mockery of "it counts", but no less so than a tie.
and its faaaaaaaaaaar more entertaining.

I would have enjoyed pitchers pitching. although I'm disappointed it was JD Drew who would have thrown, and not Hamilton who threw 95 in high school :-°
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Re: What would be worse in an all-star game?

Postby Pogotheostrich » Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:31 am

A tie would be much worse. There are no ties in baseball.
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Re: What would be worse in an all-star game?

Postby NorthSider2 » Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:32 am

I voted tie. That would be awful like a couple years ago. It would be cool to see Drew pitch. Its the All-Star game and they would never have a chance to do that so i would like to watch that
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Re: What would be worse in an all-star game?

Postby thedude » Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:37 am

DSheppard wrote:I would have enjoyed pitchers pitching. although I'm disappointed it was JD Drew who would have thrown, and not Hamilton who threw 95 in high school :-°



Hamilton had already been pulled at that point. Besides i am sure Francona is a lot more comfortable using one his guys that way in case he blows his arm out (ex: how angry would TB be if Navarro hurt his arm because francona asked him to pitch). That is the same reason that Hurdle was willing to let Cook pitch 3 innings.
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Re: What would be worse in an all-star game?

Postby thejusman1 » Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:54 am

A tie would definitely be worse. At least with position players pitching, the game continues. It's a joke afterwards, but hey, it'd be a blast to watch.
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Re: What would be worse in an all-star game?

Postby Matthias » Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:24 am

I don't see how it would've been cataclysmic in any way. Position players do pitch from time to time in regular games... in the NFL you'll occasionally see some D-Back or what not pulled over to punting or kicking duties if their regular guy gets injured.

But weren't the benches depleted, or at least the AL one? So if they had JD Drew pitch, then I guess the pitcher would've played right? That's the more interesting bit to it, I think.

As an aside, I never realized Wade Boggs had pitched an inning.
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Re: What would be worse in an all-star game?

Postby Marrakesh Express » Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:34 am

All the NL had to do was keep Brian Wilson in for one more out and the game was over. Bring in Lidge and shut the door. Thanks to Billy Wagner for blowing another game. And ties are the worst, especially in the All-Star Game. It would have been all over for bud if it would have tied.
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Re: What would be worse in an all-star game?

Postby acsguitar » Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:39 pm

I wish Ichiro was still in the game he woulda been awesome!! He throws 120 mph FACT!!!
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Re: What would be worse in an all-star game?

Postby thedude » Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:23 pm

Matthias wrote:But weren't the benches depleted, or at least the AL one? So if they had JD Drew pitch, then I guess the pitcher would've played right? That's the more interesting bit to it, I think.



If you put JD on the mound, you move Longoria from DH to right and thereby lose the DH (so Kazmir can go to the bench and not play the field).
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