The view from table 162

I’m sitting in Buffalo Wild Wings again tonight, eating wings while watching the MLB Al-Star Game on the big screen. I played trivia continuously from 3 to 9, but right now, I’m taking it easy, because I played yesterday from 4:30 until closing at 1 a.m. My brain is starting to smoke.

Bud Selig may have brought baseball back to Milwuakee when he bought the Seattle Pilots in 1970 and moved them to Wisconsin, but his idea of giving home field advantage to the winner of the All-Star Game is sub-moronic.

Let’s make an exhibition game featuring players from all 30 teams–as required by MLB rules–decide which team gets to play more home games in the most important baseball event on earth. How can the NBA and NHL make it so simple for their championship events by simply awarding home court or home ice to the team with the best record, and yet baseball can’t? The NFL doesn’t quite have it right, because there is a chance a division champion with a lesser record could be hosting a wild card from a stronger division, but more often than not, the team with the better record hosts playoff games leading up to the Super Bowl. Yet MLB has NEVER-not once–given home field in the World Series to the team with the best record.

What’s the use of a 162-game schedule? Isn’t the idea of such a long schedule rewarding consistency? Then MLB decides consistency doesn’t mean crap for its most important event.

For the record, the AL leads 5-3 at the seventh inning stretch.

About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

Posted on July 15, 2014, in Major League Baseball and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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