KANSAS CITY, Mo. At Kauffman Stadium, 104.7 isn't the frequency of a classic rock station. It's the temperature.
Forget that you're going to feel the way an apple turnover does after it's been sitting under a heat lamp for too long. Forget the fact that there are somehow two Chicago Cubs eligible to play in a contest that's going to decide home-field advantage in the World Series. Forget the fact that a retired manager is calling the shots in an All-Star dugout for just the third time since 1933. Forget the fact that this same retired manager, Tony LaRussa, might have an axe to grind with his old National League Central rivals.
Toss out all the hype and the crapola and the subplots and the chutzpah. Let it go. When it comes to the 2012 midsummer classic Tuesday night in muggy Missouri (MLB on FOX, 7:30 p.m. ET), only one thing really matters. The same thing that always matters on this stage when they whip out the bunting: Be it October or July, pitching rules.
Think about it for...