All-Star Game Thoughts
I have to confess … in the past I have not been a big fan of the All-Star Game. We are always so busy during the middle of the season that three days "off" in July were always a great breather. I found it hard to sit and watch a game that often took a very long time to play.
That changed in 2003 when we hosted the game. I guess "This Time It Counts" worked in attracting my attention. And now that the American League won last night’s game, home field advantage belongs to our league.
We had a few friends over to our house to watch the game and the party atmosphere was great. How terrific was it to see Mark Buehrle punch out three guys in his 2.0 IP. A couple of balls were hit hard, but I felt Mark set the tone for the night in terms of an AL win and pace of the game. I wonder how the voting went, but you could have named him MVP.
Introductions are often one of the best things at an ASG. What a sense of pride when four Sox were introduced.
If you haven’t seen them yet, we ran half-page ads in the Sun-Times and Tribune this morning congratulating our All-Stars. Take a look. Kudos to the guys at Two by Four for coming up with the concept.
After the break we open at Cleveland (four games), home vs. Detroit (3) and home against Boston (3). Ten tough games to open the second half. Ticket sales for the coming homestand are very strong, so I would encourage anyone planning to come out to get your tickets in advance … soon. Tickets do remain for the Friday and Sunday Red Sox contests, so come out.
That I heard this morning on ESPN Radio … 16 of the last 19 World Series winners had home field advantage.