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The All-Star Game, like the Home Run Derby, is still a lot of fun for me, even if Emperor Selig has done his best to ridiculousize the event. The memories are plenty, including recent ones like the Marlon Byrd play that saved the NL’s first win in a long time (we can still think fondly on Marlon Byrd memories, right?).

The game starts at 6:30 CT, which is to say about 45 minutes of pageantry starts at 6:30 CT. The game is being broadcast on FOX, which means Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. No comment needed. Erin Andrews will also be debuting tonight for FOX. No comment needed.

The Cubs’ two representatives this year are Starlin Castro and Bryan LaHair. Each should see some time in the game, with Castro probably getting an inning or two at short, and LaHair getting an at bat (he might see an inning at first base, too). I like the game for the game, but I’m a total homer: I mostly want to see Castro and LaHair. I hope they do something special.

And, of course, I hope the National League wins, right? I mean, otherwise, the Cubs will have to cede home-field advantage in the World Series to the Rangers or Yankees or whoever.

This is your open thread for the game, should you care to partake. We can all talk about how acceptable/lamentable/cool/lame it is when Robinson Cano is mercilessly booed again.

  • Arkansas Cub

    Hey guys, Im making the trip to chicago this sunday to see my beloved cubs. I got bleacher tickets and am planning on getting there super early. Any suggestions on where to sit in the outfield? Left field? Right Field? or Center? I’d love to hear some suggestions on the bleacher seats. Thanks

  • NoFun Dave

    None of the above – IMHO, the Upper Deck Box seats are the best in the house.

    • NoFun Dave

      Disclaimer – Of the seats in my price range, Upper Deck Box are my favorite.

      • 100 Years of Tears

        Agree… after 20 years in the bleachers, I was cooked. Upper Deck Box on the 1st base line is where it’s at… shade and a great view. BTW, if anyone is looking to sit in said seats, let me know. I’ve got some available in August and September.

        But if you’re in the bleachers, I agree with Keith… right field first few rows. I actually prefer the 2nd-5th rows as that wall is kind of annoyingly tall.

        • 100 Years of Tears

          Just kidding…

          • 100 Years of Tears

            ok, I just replied to my own wrong post. nice. where’s the edit button?!?!?

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              Unfortunately, due to a software problem, it died. Hopefully it’s temporary. But, for now, that’s the story. Sadly.

              • 100 Years of Tears

                That thing is a lifeline for guys like me. Oh well, I am NOT kidding about my seating preferences at Wrigley. I AM kidding about my predicted score for tonight being AL 7-2 (obviously I knew it would be 5-0 NL after 1 inning).

  • Keith

    Right Field as far in front as you can (get there early and wait in line) – if you have multiple people – you can take beer breaks at Murphy’s while someone waits in line – by the way, just remember, “LEFT FIELD SUCKS”

  • Vladimir

    I will probably watch just enough of this game because I want to see that one guy’s knuckleball I can’t even remember his name now. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen one and this will give me a chance to see one in HD. :)

    • Carew

      R. A. Dickey, and that knuckleball is filthy

      • Vladimir

        Good, I look forward to it, and ofcourse seeing Castro and LaHair. Dickey plays for the Mets, right? Wonder what inning he’ll get the nod.

        • Carew

          Yes sir the Mets. My guess would be the 3rd inning.
          I want Castro to get a double in his first ab, and the LaHair bring him in with a homer :)

  • Alex

    If Lahair hits a late inning go ahead home run, is that enough publicity to put his trade value from decently good into the great area?? In my dream world I have Castro getting on base for Lahairs walk off home run. Here’s to delusion.

    • Vladimir

      I’m hoping LaHair gets a big important hit (a HR all the better). I can guarantee you that is going to up his value quite a bit. Just because it’s the big stage and lots of people are watching, so his name will get more recognition, which would be good for us as far as trade value.

      • DocPeterWimsey

        All of the GMs know who LaHair is, and none of the GMs running contending teams are going to judge a player by one game (and probably 1 PA), regardless of the settings or outcome.

        If LaHair does get a big hit, then it will be cool simply because he’s a major Cinderella story. (Hell, he’s Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White all in one…..)

  • Kevin

    The supplemental drinking game for tonight’s game: drink once every time any commentator says “Pine Tar.” Finish your beer every time they show the actual video of George Brett losing his mind.

    My guess is that this will get you moderately buzzed, but you’ll still able to make it to work tomorrow morning.

  • Patrick G

    Lets see if Castro and LaHair can represent the Cubs well. Also, I am hoping they BOO Cano for 5 mins straight…..only for him to hit a 450ft home run!

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    I have to ask. Why does everyone hate the Yankees or anyone who is a Yankee? When I was younger I used to say “I hate the Yankees, they buy their way to a championship.” Now I realize they do that because they can. If you got the money, why not spend it? Look at the Rangers, and the Angels now. Its not just the Yankees anymore. Why are so many baseball fans hung up on hating the Yankees? I believe you do anything to win a championship, and if that means spending an astronomical amount of money on players who will guarantee you at least one, its well worth it… All that being said as a Cub fan I thought KC fans where pathetic last night. Way to get on one guy because of the team he plays for, real classy. I always thought the home crowd for a homerun derby/All-star game only boos rival players. Since when was Yankees v Royals a rivalry?

    • Kevin

      So, the reason why they booed Canó so hard last night was because he was the captain of the AL Home Run Derby team, and (apparently) had the power to choose Billy Butler to participate, but snubbed him instead. So I think that’s why they were booing him. It’ll be interesting to see if they boo other Yankees tonight (e.g., Jeter) though.

      • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

        Oh, thank you for that info. I didn’t know that. Well I guess that makes since but in the end it looked like Cano made some good choices=)

    • Carew

      Their rivalry started in the 70’s-80’s i think. I’m way too young to know for sure, but i think they had a playoff rivalry thing goin and it just went from there

      • DocPeterWimsey

        Yes, the Royals and Yankees met 4 times in 5 years from 1976-1980. The Royals won only once (1980) although many people felt that the Royals should have won two of the others. (The Yankees staged a crazy 9th inning comeback in Game 5 in 1977, facilitated by bad hops and at least one blown call; however, after the 1985 WS, Royals fans do not get to complain about bad calls keeping championship hopes alive!) That 1970’s Yankee team was easy to despise, having a number of extremely unlikable characters as well as Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner.

        Before that, the KC A’s basically were the Yanks AAAA team. Whenever a player would get good enough that he could start demanding $$$, the A’s shipped him off to NY for an over-the-hill vet or for a worthless prospect.

        And, of course, all real baseball fans hate the Yankees on general principle. They are sort of like Satan, but without being limited to religion…..

  • Cub Gone Wild

    I used to hate the Yankees but I don’t anymore. I don’t hate anymore. I went to a few games in NY and it was awesome. I don’t follow them all that closely but hate is a terrible word. I don’t even hate the RedSox. We snagged their guy from them. We strung it along for months and gave them a bum arm cowboy. I just want Theo to find some middle ground with this team. Buy a few trade for a few and not take until 2013 to get it done. He has all kinds of money and I don’t give a rats ass if he spends it. I think Ricketts has any clue what Theo could be doing with this money. Mark Cuban will have to bail Ricketts out at some point anyway.

    • mudge

      Hate is a good word for a terrible thing.

  • Carew

    Watchin the pregame and the derby last night, I have even more respect for George Brett. The guy seems crazy cool

    • TC

      George Brett is the man. Ever seen him talking about the time he shit his pants? Seriously one of the top 5 funniest things on youtube

      • Ralph

        Yeah, just youtube: The George Brett Story…. hilarious! I love at the end of his story he nonchalantly says, “who are the pitchers in this game?” Saw this video a couple years ago, and I immediately made all of my friends who like baseball and know who Brett is watch it.

        • TC

          Hah, I posted it below, even though it might get removed. He just seems so non-caring about it, its unbelievable. I actually knew about this video before I ever really looked up George Brett’s numbers, which are equally unbelievable. Dude could hit like nobody’s business

      • baldtaxguy

        Just saw it for the first time, can’t stop laughing. Love how he starts…”When was the last time you shit your pants…?” And the last line (pitchers?) is classic.

      • Carew

        Hahahahahaha oh my god thank you for telling me about that. That was absolutely hilarious. I think the ending is the funniest when he asks about the pitchers

  • TC

    Joe Buck’s forehead is monstrous

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    Final predictions… I got NL winning 6-5

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

    I’ll take the AL, 4-2.

    • TC

      NL 5-4

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      AL 11-3.

      • TC

        Harsh

    • cjdubbya

      NL 4-3 in 13. I figure the extra hour or so will let me get some more work done. (seriously – I work from home, game’s on in the BG, so I get to listen to…AW CRAP. JUST KILL ME NOW)

  • 100 Years of Tears

    AL 7-2

  • Austin

    Wow I’ve never realized how short Jose Altuve is

  • Jared

    nl 7-4

  • TC

    Because everyone needs to watch it, one of my favorite videos of all time:

    George Brett Craps His Pants After Eating Crab Legs

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6hu4aLXv7U

  • conradmcmasters

    stuck in a hotel in iowa city, watching mediacom fox, the damn broadcast is stuck in spanish! WTF, mediacom cable sucks!

    • cubchymyst

      Go downtown to a bar, there is only 40 within walking distance. I’d suggest sports column or Joe’s Place. If your at the downtown Sheridan, just walk north on S. Linn and sports column will be on your left. For Joe’s Place walk North on clinton until you hit Iowa Street and turn left. It will be on your right. Joe’s Place is where I’d suggest.

      • cubchymyst

        Joe’s Place should be north on Linn and right on iowa ave.

        • baldtaxguy

          I miss Joe’s and $1 pitchers of Guinness during afternoon Star Trek hour. Hate Star Trek, but love Guinness.

          • cubchymyst

            the Guinness at Joe’s was the cheapest in town, I was at that bar almost every thursday night for 3 years straight

      • Bric

        Did the Sports Column used to be called “The MisQ” or “The Q”? If so, I got arrested outside of that place once.

        • cubchymyst

          Don’t think so, Sports column was there the whole time I was at UI starting in 2006. I think there is a Q bar by the hamburger inn.

          • Ralph

            The Q bar was next to Takanami Restaurant, it is now called The Blue Moose Taphouse… good live music every once in a while. Sports Column always was and still is next door to The Deadwood.

  • The Other Brett

    Joe Buck quote of the night (so far), “…these players are hot…”. No comment needed.

  • baldtaxguy

    Never noticed a singer of the National Anthem ever using crib notes until “Platinum selling superstar, Luke Bryan.”

  • Whiteflag

    Anyone else notice how weird he held the mic? Looked like he was playing the clarinet…

  • baldtaxguy

    Joe Buck just called Buster”Prosey.” That forehead by be obstructing his view of his notes.

  • Mike S

    Not sure if someone mentioned this yet, but according to Jon Heyman of cbssports.com the Angels are interested in trading for Zack Greinke. I would definitely be rooting for that, as that could prompt other AL teams (Rangers, Tigers, Blue Jays, Yankees) to trade for Garza and/or Dempster.

    Best case scenario: Greinke gets traded to the Angels. Phillies lock up Cole Hamels. AL teams fight to the death for Garza and Dempster.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I like that scenario, except for the Hamels part. I still have an irrational hope that somehow he’s a Cub next year…

      • Austin

        Why Hamels when they can just go after Josh Hamilton and pay the biggest contract ever /s

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          All I could do was slap my forehead when he said that. He’s in the Hall of Fame as a broadcaster, too…

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

    So, my 4-2 AL prediction is quite wrong. It took a whopping half inning.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      I was washing the 4-year old during the first. How did Sandoval hit a triple? Did Bautista need CPR during the play?

      • Todd

        Yaya he ran aroubd like a chicjen with his head lopped off

  • Todd

    How many timeshas Joe Buck said midwest?

  • Spencer

    I am surprised at Joe Nathan pitching so early.

  • TakingWrigleyToSaoPaulo

    Matt Barnes and Jackie Bradley for Garza?

  • Patrick G

    So when is the earliest any transactions can be announced? Do we have to wait til the entire break is over or can things get done tomorrow? I’m craving me some trades

  • Cys_av8r

    McCarver gives Dyson a run for their money in the world of suck

    • DocPeterWimsey

      The next time he uses the word “ironic” correctly will be the first time, too…..

    • baldtaxguy

      Hawk has the lead by a nose

      • Bric

        His bad guy phrase never gets old.

  • Spencer

    “The NL has hit for the cycle in the first 3 2/3 innings”. – McCarver. DUMBEST THING EVER SAID BY AN ANNOUNCER

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