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ESPN running down the All-Star Game again

Jul 12, 2011, 7:53 PM EDT

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ESPN is just fine with a three-hour Home Run Derby.  After all, it gets to televise the proceedings.  But the All-Star Game itself?  Well, that’s FOX’s baby and that makes it fair game for the worldwide leader.

Jerry Crasnick’s piece on all of the stars skipping the game is currently leading the big features box on ESPN.com, with Crasnick spewing lines like the following: “big names bailing by the hour for Bahamas vacations, family cookouts or orthopedic consultations.”  This comes two days after Buster Olney proposed the solution that players should decide in spring training whether to opt off the All-Star ballot.

It’s a shame, because Crasnick is better than this.  There were three healthy players across both leagues who had the chance to go to the All-Star Game and pulled out: Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Aramis Ramirez.  Rivera missed time last week with a strained triceps, and while he was back pitching over the weekend, it’s hard to blame him for wanting to save his bullets.  Ramirez would have been a last-minute injury replacement, but he had already made plans for the break and decided to follow through on them.

So, really, as usual, this all boils down to Jeter.

And doesn’t Jeter deserve a free pass just this once?  This is the first time in 12 All-Star selections that he’s skipped the game.  Between all of the postseason appearances, the All-Star appearances and off-the-field obligations, Jeter has had less time off between the months of February and October than any player in baseball these last 15 years.  Let him have his little break.

Anyway…

Midsummer Mirage? All-Stars deserted this year’s Classic in droves? All-Star Game feeling snubbed?  All-Star Game getting the cold shoulder?  Players backing out of Midsummer Classic threatens showcase event for baseball?

It’s all just propaganda because ESPN would rather you watch it than FOX tonight.

  1. tbdevilrayfan - Jul 12, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    It’ll be the most over hyped event in sports history when Fox’s contract ends, and they get it.

  2. kopy - Jul 12, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Well, ESPN is showing Friday Night Lights reruns during the time slot, so….

    • sneschalmers - Jul 12, 2011 at 9:37 PM

      Me and a couple hundred other people will watch, but then ESPN will have to broker a deal with DirecTV to keep the reruns on the air?

    • jwbiii - Jul 13, 2011 at 3:45 AM

      “Well, ESPN is showing Friday Night Lights reruns during the time slot, so….”

      you be like Derek Jeter and spend some quality time with Minka Kelly?

  3. easports82 - Jul 12, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    I usually don’t have to be persuaded very hard to not watch FOX Sports.

    • kingbuccaneer - Jul 12, 2011 at 10:34 PM

      Especially since the duo of douches are ALWAYS announcing MLB games.

  4. bigharold - Jul 12, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    “ESPN running down the All-Star Game again”

    Consider the source.

  5. jimbo1949 - Jul 12, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    World Wide Leader in self promotional bullshit.

  6. jkcalhoun - Jul 12, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Is ESPN.com also trying to get me not to listen to the national radio broadcast of the All-Star game? — which is on ESPN radio.

    • marinersnate - Jul 13, 2011 at 1:21 AM

      What is “radio”?

      • sportsdrenched - Jul 13, 2011 at 11:59 AM

        It’s what people who have to drive places use to keep track of games.

      • jkcalhoun - Jul 13, 2011 at 4:19 PM

        ESPN.com would be glad to explain and even to invite you to listen live.

        They were carrying the All-Star Game over their Internet broadcast as well as over the nation’s airwaves; in fact they were touting its availability via ESPN.com every inning or so. Of course when I went there myself I was so discouraged from listening by Jerry Crasnick I decided to click on the Lowe’s ad instead and go shopping online for string trimers and edgers.

  7. seeingwhatsticks - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:50 AM

    I know Olney had that idea that players who don’t want to go withdraw their names but I think players will still decide after the fact that they are just too banged up. The fix is simple: if you’re elected and don’t go because you’re nursing an injury then you have to start the second half on the DL. Too injured to go, too injured to play.

  8. dparker713 - Jul 13, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    There is no evience that Crasnick is better than this, and Jeter gets free passes all the time.

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