Tuesday is the Major League Baseball’s All Star Game. If the game is half as exciting as the 2010 season to this point, we are in for a rollicking good time. Just last night Cincinnati Red’s rookie hurler Travis Wood took a no-hitter two batters deep into the 9th inning against the Phillies. It would have been the third official perfect game of the 2010 season. His opponent, Roy Halladay , who had earlier this season pitched a no-hitter. But then who would have figured the Reds to be in first place in the NL Central, even after being swept four games by the Phils. with the always awesome St. Louis Cardinals scrambling to keep pace.
Then there is the American League West leading Texas Rangers, who remain so after shutting down another no-hit bid by Baltimore Orioles rookie Chris Tillman who carried his bid into the seventh. The sport commentators across the country are calling this “The Year of the Pitcher.” Don’t tell that to the Detroit Tigers who today slipped half a game behind the absolutely torrid Chicago White Sox, who were already being left for dead a month ago in the AL Central. The Tigers have four batters (#1,3,4, and 5) batting over .300 – the ever dependable Miguel Cabrera and the reborn Magglio Ordonez, along with two rookies Austin Jackson and Brennan Boesch, who are making Tigertown forget Placido Polanco and Curtis Granderson.
Tampa Bay and the Yankees have been in a hotly contested race for the AL East and four teams are battling for first place in the NL Central. Even the Washington Nationals have given us some exciting baseball through new pitching phenom Steven Strasburg and slugger Adam Dunn. And don’t forget Ivan “Pudge” Rodgriquez who is having a career season. Even if the Mid Summer Classic is a “dud”, the season it interrupts has already given us some incredible, exciting baseball.
Monday night is the Home Run Derby. My prediction? Miguel Cabrera. Don’t rule out Chris Young of the Diamondbacks or (yes, I am about to say it, the resurrected David Ortiz. It will make rousing good fun.