All right, Iíll just go ahead and admit it: I hate the All-Star break. Not the game itself, which is still a fun little diversion from the grind of a six month long regular season. Not the Home Run Derby either, even though I find it to be pretty boring, as I recognize that Iím not exactly the target audience for that event. And I actually really enjoy the Futureís Game, even if I wish theyíd move it to Wednesday when thereís nothing else going on rather than putting it up against real baseball games on the Sunday before the break.
No, what I canít stand is the dog and pony show that we engage in every year leading up to this half-week break in meaningful games.