This morning, I woke up to wall to wall All Star coverage. But for just a moment, last night, did anyone else hear a very quiet, peaceful planet in Break Mode? It was kind of beautiful. It’s like the deep breath before the plunge of the second half.
But first… the All Star Game! I have a love-hate relationship with it and I am really, really sad that Ryan Braun, A-Rod, Justin Verlander and Matt Cain won’t be in the game, among others. Still, I was thrilled to hear that Alexi, Dave Robertson and Pablo Sandoval are replacements. You win some, you lose some. In the end, is it just me who vaguely feels like everyone is in the ASG, though? I know I’ll end up watching, just ‘cause, but expect a lot of snarky Selig comments from me during it.
May I also just say that I’d never seen Chase Field from the outside before now, but I just saw it on MLB Network and it is hideous. Seriously. Why does MLB insist on hosting events in architectural nightmares?
The Giants definitely finished the first half on a high note, taking two out of three from the Mets and standing firmly in first place, three games ahead of the Diamondbacks and (little gasp) 8.5 ahead of the Rockies. There are tight races going on in just about every division, but the NL West is pretty spread out right this second. Overall, it’s been a roller coaster first half on San Francisco’s part with some lingering bad facial hair. I’m pumped for Part 2.
And secretly pumped for the Home Run Derby tonight. I think it’s consumerist (though, read my bio and then decide if you think I have a problem with consumerism) and I seriously object but I’m a li’l pumped anyway. No one tell Bud. I mean it.
I’d also like to do a quick caption contest. My caption for this still from a recent TV interview with Jon Daniels?
“I want a suite like this, Chuck Greenberg!”
p.s. Michael Young looks so. much. better. with short hair.