For a manager who is coaching an All-Star game, what’s worse; not playing every player, or running out of players to play? Well, we almost saw the latter of the two at the 79th All Star game at Yankee Stadium.
Though many people will question Terry Francona’s coaching decisions last night, it was really all he could do. Yes, he could have pushed a few of his starting pitchers more than one inning, but no one anticipated having to play a 15-inning game. For a while there, it looked like we might have embarassing tie on our hands.
Depending on who you talk to, it was either one of the greatest All Star games played or one the most boring. The game itself was nearly 5 hours; add on the pre and post game show, and you're close to a 7 hour broadcast. I feel bad for Joe Buck and the engineers for trying to pull content inning after inning after inning. Because you can only talk about Josh Hamilton's "road to redemption" so many times.
Dan Uggla almost got himself booed out of Yankee Stadium, bobbling a All Star high 3 errors. Not to mention, he also grounded into a rally-killing double play; which Jays fans are all too familiar with.
Overall, I think it was a fairly good All Star game. From now on, I'm sure the managers will most certainly keep extra innings into consideration and maybe not be so frugal with their starting pitchers.