I can't tell you how excited I am to watch this year's MLB All-Star game in St. Louis tomorrow. The reason? Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez are not on the rosters!
I'm sorry, but I let little things get to me, and allowing either of these players to be apart of the mid-summer classic would have ruined the experience. Especially Manny, who was suspended for 50 games this year. To have him make the All-Star team the same year would have been outrageous.
The fans are the ones who sent a message this time. We took matters into our own hands and showed every player out there that we won't let a cheater represent the game.
The absence of these guys leave room for those who actually deserve to be there. I'm excited to see players from the small market teams that don't get as much air time on ESPN, like Zack Greinke from Kansas City, Zach Duke from Pittsburgh, and Nelson Cruz from Texas.
How about Tim Wakefield making the All-Star team for the first time?
It's great stories like these that make the All-Star game still worth watching, whether or not you believe that the game should matter. The truth is that they are people just like us...they just excell at baseball!
Happy All-Star break baseball fans! Enjoy the game...