All-Star High-Jinks

Joe Sheehan of Baseball Prospectus did a much better job of chronicling the All-Star Game than I would have.

For all of you out there thinking that Cal got a grooved pitch from Chan Ho Park: get a grip on reality. Bobby V and Piazza figured Cal was going to be overwhelmed by the fan attention, and tossing a nice one over the plate is an easy strike if you’re trying to win. But I guess Bobby forgot his baseball history, as Cal hit homers in 2,129, 2,130, and 2,131 of his games-played streak. Cal Ripken, Jr. just does not let external pressure bother him.

But I do wish he’d had a few more pitches in that at-bat and in the game. We could have seen all of his batting stances…=)