Originally written July 10, 2013 on StraitPinkie.com:
Once upon the 1950s and 60s, baseball’s All-star game was a midsummer night’s dream. It was a collision of titans, as never before seen, rivals meeting on the battlefield to decide, once and for all, which league was best. It always counted –an annual measurement of men. It has since lost its luster. On Tuesday, July 16, familiar faces from the American and National leagues will compete beneath the sleepless lights of New York City with home field advantage in the World Series on the line. But missing will be the fire that fueled Pete Rose to pummel Ray Fosse in his quest for home. Lost will be an outfield like Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, and Willie Mays sharing space, but more importantly, a desire to bolster National League supremacy. Gone will be the buzz that used to surround the game. It’s not the players’ faults. Back then, interleague play didn’t exist. The All-Star game truly did represent the only chance for the leagues to compete against the other until the World Series ...
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