KANSAS CITY, MO.-- This wasnt another alleged conspiracy, the equivalent of the fastball that Chan Ho Park supposedly grooved to Cal Ripken Jr. in 2001, enabling Ripken to hit a home run in his final All-Star Game.
Let the record show that Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler actually did try to field the slow, five-hopper by the Braves Chipper Jones through the first-base hole on Tuesday night.
Kinsler . . . just . . . couldnt . . . get . . . there.
I felt like I had cement blocks on my feet, Kinsler would say later. I wasnt the quickest and most nimble on my feet at that moment.
Jones, 40, took his final All-Star at-bat with one out in the top of the sixth inning, pinch-hitting for the Cardinals Matt Holliday with the National League leading, 8-0.
Kinsler had just entered the game for the AL, but wasnt quite loose. In the tunnels underneath Kaufmann Stadium, Kinsler said, there wasnt much room to run.
Jones swung at the first pitch, a low fastball from White Sox left-hander Ch...