All-Star game going on as I write this. Joe Torre and Bobby Valentine got a lot of grief for their choices. Torre, always known for his honesty and fairness, went “Yankees.” After winning the World Series four of the last five years with essentially the same team, his choices are all worthy and are all stars as well.
Valentine did a lot of work for his choices, all of whom belong. It is impossible to reward everyone who might belong when each team has to have a representative among the 30 players chosen.
Both teams could have had other players but where does it end? Maybe choice should be based on the player’s statistics at the end of each June—just cut and dried stats, no favoritism, and no prior activity considered. The All-Star game should be a reward for that season’s activity, not activity over several years. The latter belongs in Hall of Fame voting and consideration, not the All-Star game.
It is almost impossible to get a seat to a Brooklyn Cyclones game. Let’s hope it’s not an inaugural “flash in the pan.” Fans are learning the players’ names. The Cyclones are 12-8 at this writing.
Saw Jimmy Breslin giving a talk on TV. Breslin started out with sportswriting. He went on to politics and human interest stories as well as writing a couple of books. Some say the “Sopranos” is based on his book “The Gang Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight,” a very funny book with characters like “One Eye” and a domesticated lion wolf. The last time I spoke to him was at a “swimathon” for breast cancer at St. John’s University. The event was run by Mathilda Cuomo and the now deceased Irene Mattone about 15 years ago. He used to be a regular at Lenny’s Clam Bar.
The National League East is still up for grabs. Neither Philly nor Atlanta seems to be able to make a runaway or even take a commanding first place lead. The Mets can still make their season respectable; they are starting to awaken. I strongly believe that the “cream will rise to the top” for the Mets. Their older players are better than they’ve shown, so is the pitching.
I have to eat my words re: Armando Benitez; he is doing a great job as a finisher. Blame the front office for the Mets problems. One or two additions could have made quite a difference. Just ask George Steinbrenner and the Yanks.
I’d like to find out if the Heath Slocumb who won a golf tourney last week in Louisville is the same man who came out of Richmond Hill to pitch in the Major Leagues with the Cubs and Braves. He was a good reliever.
The Mets-Yankees Subway Series is over and the Bombers took two of three in pretty well-played games. Game two saw Kevin Appier almost pitch a no-hitter—something that Yankees fans would never have lived down. Close, but no cigar.
A tremendous upset at Wimbledon. The men’s winner, Goran Ivanisevich, is the first ever wild-card finalist and of course winner. He dedicated his win to his friend, Drazen Petrovich of the NBA Nets, killed in a European auto accident. The Nets began their downward spiral that year, 1993.
When Tiger is out of kilter, the other golfers are always in the hunt, always a close tourney. The men’s winning pay-offs are astronomical.
My error on Christ the King’s Steve Karsay, he was traded for Rocker to the Braves.
Teaser Answer: The three jockeys with over 8,000 career wins are Angel Cordero, Jerry Bailey and Eddie Arcaro.
Teaser Question: Name the player who has been with the most Major League teams?