All-Star Weekend: Bold Predictions for the 3-Day Bonanza

Posted: July 6, 2011 by mceagle611 in Sports
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The Major League Baseball All-Star Weekend carries the dazzling stars, the heavy bats, the web gem defensive plays, and the reward – in the All-Star Game – of home-field advantage in the World Series for the winners (American or National Leagues). Of course each day of the three-day event carries a highlighted competition; The Legends and Celebrities Softball Game on Sunday, The State Farm Home Run Derby on Monday, and The MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday. The Softball Game, this coming Sunday, is one that is probably worth seeing on Sportscenter – as in the highlights – but definitely not worth watching in real-time. The Monday Home Run Derby is, in my opinion, the spectacle of the three-day junction; it contains the Major League’s best bats as they gun to hit more balls out of the park than half of the field in every round given ten outs (any swing of the bat not resulting in a homer qualifies as an out). However, I have always found the main event the All-Star Game – Tuesday the 12th – to be extraordinary for the sole reason that it is the only game that you will find pitchers being called into the game every inning that are around the same talent level, that is elite around the MLB. Below I will make some bold predictions – which will follow below each event’s summary – and demonstrate why everybody loves the Midsummer Classic.

The Taco Bell Legends and Celebrities Softball Game – The five inning ‘show’ makes it fun for fans to watch their favorite pop stars, movie actors, past favorites, and everything in between. As I said earlier, the Legend and Celebrities Softball Game is not one to watch in real-time, rather just catch the highlights and you will not miss anything. Trust me!

Softball Game MVP – Jennie Finch

The State Farm Home Run Derby – For the first year, the Derby has taken a bit of a turn in its selection of the participants. This year the American and National Leagues had one captain – David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox and Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers – who was expected to hand-pick three others in their respective leagues to compete alongside themselves. As each captain officially revealed the team he had assembled for the Monday Derby yesterday, I expect this to be one of the more powerful Derby’s in recent memory.

Representing the AL – David Ortiz, Jose Bautista, Adrian Gonzalez, Robinson Cano
Representing the NL – Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, Matt Holliday, Matt Kemp

Money Donated to Charity – To clarify, once a player stands in the box at 9 outs he will be pitched a ‘gold ball’; every ‘gold ball’ he hits out of the park Century 21 and the MLB will donate $21,000 to Charity. (In addition, they usually donate a different amount per regular home run every year but it is usually around a couple thousand dollars) – $532,000

High Round – Matt Holliday (21 Home Runs)

Winner – Jose Bautista

The Major League All-Star Game – The Midsummer Classic is a combination of the best each league has to offer, for this reason is the All-Star Game worth watching; just like any major sport’s All-Star Game because of the talent level. Unbelievable big names, in addition to those talents on the rise in the League, the Game – usually on the second Tuesday in July – pretty much gives every All-Star an opportunity to play. The beautiful thing about it, however, is that the players are giving it their all because if they do get into the World Series of course they would want to obtain home-field advantage; and what easier way to do it than with the best in the league!

Starting Pitchers (assuming they are available to pitch): NL – Roy Halladay (Philadelphia Phillies), AL – Justin Verlander (Detriot Tigers)

All-Star Game MVP – Josh Hamilton

Winner – American League

  1. MurkInDaQua says:

    532000 isn’t evenly divisible by 21000.

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