The All-Star Game is kind of bad. You will hate the broadcast and the broadcasters and the game, for several years, has inexplicably had postseason impact forced upon it even though the involved players treat it like the glorified exhibition that it is.
Witness, for instance, Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez discussing how he will groove some pitches to the Vandal, David Ortiz so Ortiz might hit a homer in the game. This is kind of a standard MLB tradition for retiring players in their final All-Star Game - it happened to Cal Ripken Jr., surely - so it's more or less harmless, even if it's a surprise that Fernandez would speak of it openly.
It's also not harmless because Orioles fans don't like seeing the Red Sox get feted in any situation, but, you know, we'll just have to live with that.
There are five Orioles All-Stars. That remains cool. Maybe we will see four of them in the game. Brad Brach would be the most surprising appearance - one imagines AL manager Ned Yost will use his starting pitchers for an inning each and then start going to the assortment of closers for an inning each.
The broadcast starts on Fox at 7:30. I have read on the Internet that the actual first pitch of the game is estimated for 8:16. I guess we'll see if they actually stick to that.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE||NATIONAL LEAGUE|
|Jose Altuve - 2B||Ben Zobrist - 2B|
|Mike Trout - CF||Bryce Harper - RF|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Kris Bryant - 3B|
|David Ortiz - DH||Wil Myers - DH|
|Xander Bogaerts - SS||Buster Posey - C|
|Eric Hosmer - 1B||Anthony Rizzo - 1B|
|Mookie Betts - RF||Marcell Ozuna - CF|
|Salvador Perez - C||Carlos Gonzalez - LF|
|Jackie Bradley Jr. - LF||Addison Russell - SS|
|Chris Sale - P||Johnny Cueto - P|