What did I take away from the 2011 All Star Game?
(Note lame Fan Cave promos everywhere.)
Seriously, I was hoping he’d at least have a snappy outfit in the Bad Clothing Center of the Play aka the All Star Game, but no such luck. His hat was nearly as terrible as that shirt. Anyways, he’s now confirmed he’s a Dodger fan, so my Timberlake moment is over. Flashing lights and all.
The game itself was kind of boring, except for Ogando and Gio pitching back to back. That was fun. But even when Wilson came in, the drama felt 100% manufactured. I didn’t know who to root for, because I can’t decide how I feel about home field advantage and also because I actually liked more people on the AL squad, because the Giants don’t really play them so I have fewer negative memories of them hitting homers off us or whatever. You know. So I rooted for individuals and mostly just enjoyed all the players smiling at each other. That’s so cute.
So I figure now that’s all over, I should do some mid-season awards. Here we go:
First Half MLB Awards
Most Improved Hair: Michael Young
As previously discussed, the haircut goes a long way to making Michael look less like an evil blackmailer of Jon Daniels. I’m liking him quite a lot right now.
Most Improved Facial Hair: Barry Zito
I hated the ‘stache from moment 1. The silver lining to Barry’s injury was that the superstitious baseball player that he is, he shaved it off. And has come back lookin’ and pitchin’ better than ever.
Most Worsened Facial Hair: Prince Fielder
This goes out to Wilson too: beards like that make you look homeless. Not to mention 10+ years older. Bad idea all around.
Best GM: Theo Epstein
First everyone thought the Sox were going to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. Then everyone thought they were going to be a total bust. I think we’re back to the greatest thing since sliced bread stage now.
Giant MVP: Nate Schierholtz
‘Nuff said, Giants fans.
Moment That Doug Melvin Outed Himself as a Shopaholic: Ryan Braun’s Extension
I just can’t get it out of my head that they’re paying him through 2030. Who knew that Doug and Rebecca Bloomwood are kindred spirits?
Best Brandon Moment: Tie between Brandon Crawford’s Homer in Debut and Brandon Belt’s Opening Day Call-Up
Our Brandons have made for some pretty great moments this year.
Worst Brandon Moment: Brandon Phillips Hit Which Resulted in Freddy Going Down
Other people’s Brandons? Not so much.
So what are you awards and strongest memories from this 2011 first half? Tell me, just because there’s been no real baseball for days and I am going through withdrawal. Thanks.