Our Fate in Their Hands?

I’ve always enjoyed the All-Star game, but I have never been fond of the “Whoever wins gets homefield advantage in the World Series” thing. I always hated that idea. But for the first time, it is going to affect me in a negative way. Last year, I was thankful that the Yankees had homefield advantage in the World Series – but it shouldn’t have been because of the All-Star game that they won it. With the All-Star game, players that won’t even be in the postseason are determining the fate of the champions. Is that fair?

I know, I know…everyone is saying “But if homefield advantage wasn’t involved, what would be the fun of the All-Star game?”

Seriously?

How about seeing the best players in baseball go at it? How about seeing matchups like David Price vs Albert Pujols? How about that feeling of gratitude you get when you see your players on your team be announced as part of the best? Isn’t that fun?

If you are a fan of the game of baseball, you don’t need this “extra incentive” of World Series homefield advantage in the All-Star game. If you like baseball, the All-Star game already means enough.

Baseball players are men. Not to be sexist, but men have egos. And there is nothing wrong with that. Put them in a competition, and they want to win it. The All-Star game is just another competition, only it’s the best against the best. That right there is a reason for them to give it their all. 28 out of the 30 teams won’t be in the World Series and don’t care whatsoever about homefield advantage, so that won’t make those players play any harder.

I believe my Yankees will be in the World Series again. Now the National League has homefield advantage.

Is it fair that because David Ortiz is a fat slob who can’t run, the Yankees don’t have homefield advantage in the World Series?

                  American League's David Ortiz, of the Boston Red Sox, is forced out at second by National League shortstop Rafael Furcal, of the Los Angeles Dodgers, on a hit by John Buck, of the Toronto Blue Jays, during the ninth inning of the All-Star baseball game in Anaheim, California on July 13, 2010. The NL won 3-1.  UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom

Is it fair that because Elvis Andrus overran the base, the Yankees don’t have homefield advantage in the World Series?

                July 13, 2010; Anaheim, CA, USA; American League infielder Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers (1) is tagged out by National League infielder Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds (4) after sliding past second base during the sixth inning of the 2010 All Star game at Angel Stadium.  Photo via Newscom

 

Is it fair that because Matt Thorton allowed a bases-clearing double, the Yankees don’t have homefield advantage in the World Series?

                 National League's Marlon Byrd, of the Chicago Cubs, scores past American League catcher John Buck, of the Toronto Blue Jays, on a three-run double by Brian McCann, of the Atlanta Braves, during the seventh inning of the All-Star baseball game on July 13, 2010, in Anaheim, Calif. The NL won 3-1.  UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom

 

No, No, NO! It’s not fair that these players determined the fate of my Yankees. Homefield advantage in the World Series should be awarded to the team with the best record – because only that team can determine that.

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I probably would not be as passionate about this issue if I did not have a contending team to root for. And for making my team so great, the greatest in the world, George Steinbrenner deserves credit.

                NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 3: New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner attends the 11th Annual Living Landmarks Gala at The Plaza Hotel November 3, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

 

George, thank you so much for everything you have done for the New York Yankees, and for their millions of fans worldwide. I being just 16 only have seen the Yankees be good, but they weren’t always that way. You transformed them. Unlike other owners, you selflessly invested the money back into the team, creating the most dominant franchise in all of sports. People that dislike you are just jealous about what you did to make the Yankees #1. Sure, you may have been harsh, but you just wanted to win. And what’s wrong with that? You set the standard of pride, power, and class for the New York Yankees – and I love you for that. You were the best Boss ever ♥

George, I’m so happy that you were able to see the Yankees win #27 here on Earth.

Hopefully, you will be able to see them win #28 this year from the best seat in Heaven. 

2 Comments

So glad George was able to see #27. I’m sure this weekend’s series at the Stadium will be very emotional, but I hope we beat the Rays!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Hi Virginia …

George M. Steinbrenner III is the greatest owner in the history of all sports … When he purchased the Yankees in 1973, he brought back the great pride and tradition that has always been the foundation of the awesome winning history of the New York Yankees … Like you stated in your above tribute to The Boss … Mr. Steinbrenner “set the standard of pride, power, and class for the New York Yankees” … He will be truly missed, as “an era of greatness has ended” !!! … Surely, as you also said, Mr. Steinbrenner will have the best seat in Heaven to watch the Yankees win their 28th World Championship this year !!!
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Regarding the All-Star Game: I totally agree with your thoughts … It is ridiculous that the winning All-Star League gets the home field advantage in the World Series … The All-Star Game has nothing [at all] to do with the World Series !!! … Like you said, “Home field advantage in the World Series should be awarded to the team with the best record” !!!
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Nice Post !!!
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Jimmy 27nyy, “BY&L”
http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

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