Mt. Vernon Register-News


July 11, 2013

Hines Sight: All-star game losing its luster


Baseball's all-star game is fast approaching, but I just can't seem to muster much excitement.

The national showcase starts this with festivities. Monday marks the Home Run Derby, before Tuesday's grand game on the New York Mets home field.

My Chicago Cubs have the minimum one representative again this season, pitcher Travis Wood. The Cardinals, baseball's best team have a litany of players. Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran are starters.

Adam Wainwright will also be at the game for the Cardinals. He's had a glittering start to the season. His dozen wins are the most among National League pitchers this season. Reserves Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig will give Cardinals fans increased reasons to watch.

I'm not trying to be snarky and killing the joy of people who enjoy the all-star game, but it's been some time since the game held much meaning for me. I just can't seem to get excited about it.

I do think giving home field advantage to the winning league was an interesting move some years back. But even with that I'm a bit conflicted. I think as a sport you have to reward a team for being the best during a grueling six-month season.

People lashed out at the commissioner in 2002 when the midsummer classic ended with a tie. It didn't really bother me much. If anything, that showcase game stands out in my mind more than any other past matchup of the last decade.

It gave the game a memorable moment, something that made it stand out. You talked about it with your friends the following day. I'll never forget as the game stretched later and later the cut aways to commissioner Bud Selig increased. The game ended in the 11th. It was an awkward and clumsy finish, but far short of outrageous in my mind. It's an exhibition. Who cares who wins?

Text Only
  • Brian Gamber resigning as Spartans basketball coach

    Brian Gamber is resigning as Spartans basketball coach after two seasons.

    April 23, 2014

  • Boyd Ballard Ballard takes over Rams wrestling

    Boyd Ballard has wrestled at the highest levels and now he's taken over the Mt. Vernon program.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woodlawn-Patoka baseball Patoka knocks off Woodlawn

    Patoka built an early cushion against the Cardinals and hung on for a 5-3 win.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV-Centralia baseball Rams outlast Orphans

    The offensive floodgates finally opened in the ninth inning for Mt. Vernon's baseball team.

    The Rams piled up six runs in the ninth inning to claim a 7-3 extra-inning victory Tuesday.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mt. Vernon looks to move quickly on basketball opening

    The summer is a critical time period in the development of a high school athlete.

    With the resignation of Mt. Vernon boys basketball coach Scott Gamber becoming official at Monday's school board meeting, Mt. Vernon will look to move quickly to fill the position with summer workouts approaching. MVTHS principal Wes Olson said Tuesday the school will try to have a candidate at the May board meeting.

    April 22, 2014

  • Gamber resigns as Rams coach

    Scott Gamber has resigned as Rams basketball head coach after six seasons.

    April 21, 2014

  • Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in triple overtime

    Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night.

    April 18, 2014

  • MTV-Flora boys tennis Rams edge Flora

    The Rams tennis matchup against Flora on Thursday came down to the final match.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV-Salem tennis Rams sweep Salem

    The Rams tennis team swept past Salem 9-0 Wednesday.

    It was the opening match of the season for Mt. Vernon after three cancelations to start the year under first year boys coach Randy Knox.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woodlawn-Carmi softball Carmi downs Woodlawn

    Carmi-White County jumped out early in an 11-3 win over the host Lady Cardinals on Wednesday.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

Tom Lindley Sports