Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

July 21, 2013

Morgan: An exhibition should not carry any weight

Mike Phillips
CNHI

- — Well, the AL finally won the All Star baseball game which means that the American League will have the home field advantage in the World Series. Too bad that it didn’t turn out that way two and three years ago. If it had, there might be a couple of World Champion banners flying at the Ball Park in Arlington.

Riots broke out in Oakland at the conclusion of the All Star game to protest the outcome.  When the rioters were told that the A’s were in the American League and could quite possibly benefit from the win, the protesters rioted in celebration.

There is nothing more worthless than an All Star game in any sport.  It is an exhibition, and an exhibition should not carry any weight in anything that matters.  Major league managers manage to win in an All Star game the same way I coached to win in T-ball. They make sure that everyone gets to play and so that no one gets hurt. (Now, I’m not sure if every major league player in the game gets a snow cone.)  In other words, winning is secondary. If major league baseball thinks it is or should be any different, they would rule that the starters had to play at least seven innings. They don’t so the win just happens when no one is looking.

Try to imagine a Pro Bowl where they had consequences with a win: say, the winner hosts the next Super Bowl. That means that defenders would actually tackle threatening Tom Brady’s multimillion dollar arm or Adrian Peterson’s $10 million knees. I can’t imagine a Pro Bowl where the stars “play” much less actually “PLAY.”

I was going to say, imagine a Raider’s star getting hurt in an exhibition game, but I can’t think of an Oakland star (at least not since the days of John Madden). But, if they had one and he got hurt, I’m sure riots would break out in Oakland.  Now they’ll probably break out because I said they don’t have a star. (I’m not worried. I’m not sure anyone in Oakland can read.)

Next winter, when it’s up against a rerun of “Love it or List it” turn over to the NBA All Star game.  The guys without the ball will more closely resemble matadors than they will defenders.  If you look closely, every time someone dunks, the defenders will pull out cards rating them from 1 to 10.  A player doing something stupid like drawing an offensive foul will cause looting and burning in Oakland.

?Do the MLS and/or the NHL have soccer games?  I don’t know. I’ve never tuned one in, but I’m not alone.  Nielson ratings don’t even exist for those events since the rating agency can’t even locate them to check for ratings (or a pulse for that matter).  Of course, now that I think of it, I may have seen an NHL All Star game and thought it was newsreel footage of an Oakland riot.  It’s hard to tell the difference.

?I thought once I was tuning in to the MLS All Star game, but it turned out to be houses for sale in Plano. However, one house did get a red card for out dated wall paper and shag carpet. (See there’s Major League Soccer and Multiple Listing Service. Never mind. It doesn’t work when you have to explain.)

?For baseball to put something as important as home field advantage for the World Series on the outcome of an exhibition game is out of line. Baseball is trying to make the game relevant, but they can’t. It’s a show and an honor for the participants.  It’s like a carnival without the dusty cotton candy.  It is what it is, and baseball can’t make it any more than that without legislating the format, and, changing the format could cause rioting in Oakland.  Of course, if I change my underwear it could cause a riot in Oakland.