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The 2009 All-Star Game

Brian McCann, originally uploaded by Keith Allison.

I love the introduction of the players.

I love moments like Stan Musial presenting the ball to President Obama at the beginning of the game.

It was great seeing Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter and especially Red Schoendienst as well.

Still, I hated the 2009 All-Star game.

I hate Joe Buck. His Dad, Jack Buck, was the epitome of great announcing. Joe is a pompous hack who doesn’t deserve his father’s name.

I hate Tim McCarver. Sure, he was a good catcher but he’s every bit as pompous as Joe Buck. His determination to show he’s the smartest color man in all of baseball is embarrassing. Seriously, I’d rather listen to Joe Morgan. I loved it when Prime Time dumper water all over him.

I hate the stupid rule where the team that wins gets home field advantage in the World Series. What a load of crap. Alternating years between the two leagues was fair. If they were to base it on the team’s records, that would be fair. To base it on the result of a stupid exhibition game makes no sense at all.

I hate Bud Selig. He was an awful owner for the Brewers and he’s even worse as commissioner. Maybe the worse ever. Worse than Bowie Kuhn? Perhaps. Worse than Ford “Asterisk” Frick? Yes. Worse than that crook Uberroth? I think so. If you wanted to give baseball an enema, you would need to cram the hose right down Selig’s mouth.

I hate the stupid fans who vote for stupid ass players to start in the game. How in the blue hell did Josh Hamilton get to start this year’s All-Star game? “Oh he’s been through so much.” Yeah, so? He’s been out much of this season and hasn’t been that great when he’s in the game. “He’s such a good Christian.” I’m not sure I could possibly care less about his religion. Big freaking deal. Give me an atheist performing up to expectations any day of the week.

I hate the fact that Brian McCann has been on four All-Star teams now and has yet to be voted to start the game. There is ONE … that is there is EXACTLY ONE catcher in all of baseball who is in McCann’s league: Joe Mauer, obviously. Yes, McCann is that good. You can take your Russell Martin, and your Geovany Soto and your Yadier Molina and shove them where the sun don’t shine. They are good players. McCann is a great player.