Monday, July 14, 2008

MLB All-Star Game 2008 - A Well Deserved Break for the Fans

As a reminder to those of you who aren’t citizens of Red Sox Nation, Mets Country, or the People’s Republic of the Phillies, MLB’s All-Star Game is this Tuesday.

The All-Star break gives us a chance to rest – after weeks and weeks of seemingly nonstop baseball action. They really do play pretty much every day.

It’s a time to catch a breather from all the home runs, strikeouts, jockstrap adjustments, and unassisted triple plays.

It also offers us a great opportunity to step back and try to calculate how much time we’ve spent/wasted on baseball during the first half of the season.

I guess it depends on whom you ask.

I myself would simply say I’ve utilized a non-trivial amount of time watching live games, checking stats, and viewing highlights.

My girlfriend would say I’ve squandered a dreadfully high percentage of my waking hours obsessing over the most boring of all professional sports.

She’s also second-guessing how all this baseball could impact my ability to be an effective parent and caregiver – unless we adopt a 10 year-old Cuban refugee with a 90 mph fastball.

In any case, the break is a nice respite from the rigors of daily baseball fandom.

How about those of you who juggle multiple fantasy teams, check game updates on your iPhone, and stay up late (on a weeknight) to see who will get the save in the Mariners vs. Angels game? You know who you are. And you know exactly what I’m talking about.

It’s hard work. Grueling, even.

Thank God it’s half over, and there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

But that light, it’s not so far off as the playoffs and the World Series. It’s actually quite a bit closer and brighter than any MLB playoffs could be from this point in the season.

And that light’s burning white-hot, accompanied by some really kickass background music.

Yes, ladies and gentleman, the 2008 NFL preseason begins on Sunday August 3!! Colts vs. Redskins.

And so the circle of life continues. And I will not rest until after the Super Bowl.

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