One of the highlights every summer for me is baseball's All-Star event, this year being held in St. Louis.
The two-day affair kicks off tonight with the Home Run Derby (ESPN, 8 p.m.), followed by the celebrity/old-timers softball game at 10 p.m. The big game is tomorrow at 8 p.m. on Fox.
Home Run Derby has lost a bit of its luster over the years, thanks to the steroids problem in baseball. But it's still an exciting competition and the one event in which you see guys giving it their all.
As I seem to write every year, what I really miss is the skills competition. Every year, players would compete to see who was the fastest baserunner, who was the best bunter and who had the strongest throwing arm. It was a celebration of being an all-around player rather than just who could hit the most home runs during a batting practice session.
The skills competition ended when Reds shortstop Barry Larkin blew out his elbow making a throw one year. It was a silly reason to end it, since Barry Larkin would often go on the disabled list after injuring himself trying to tie his shoelaces.
But hey, whatever. I'm sure the kids of today aren't that interested in skills anyway.
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