The 2016 All-Star Game was played last night in San Diego. The American League beat the National League 4-2. Eric Hosmer hit a home run and won MVP. David Ortiz retired. People talked about David Ortiz retiring. Blah, blah, blah. You can read the full run-down of the actual game here.
But here’s the gist: the All-Star Game was no fun.
Eduardo Nunez barely got to play! He was a defensive substitution in the 9th inning and helped turn a sick double play, but that’s it. He didn’t even get a chance to wear a batting helmet! And the love-able, 43 year-old pitcher Bartolo Colon? Didn’t pitch in the game at all! How do you pick Bartolo to be on the 2016 All Star team and then don’t even use him in the game?!
Remember the good old days when David Ortiz used to prompt Ichiro to give the American League team the locker room pep-talk? It would just be an expletive-laden rant about how much the National League sucked. Once I saw a four second clip of one of these and it was Ichiro screaming and banging a folding chair against the ground. This year? It was just Ortiz himself talking about retirement.
And even all that junk was tired. Big Papi was probably doing media for two days straight being asked if he was really going to retire. It led to this exchange with our All Star:
[Nunez’s] most memorable conversation so far has been with former Twin David Ortiz, and it was a hoot.
``He told me, `Are you happy?' I said yes,'' Nunez said. ``He said, `This is my last one, and I'm glad. I'm like, you're glad? He said. `Yeah, I'm so tired.'
``I'm so happy be here and he's so tired to be here.''
Of course, that conversation took place before the actual game. Would Nunez have been so excited if he knew all he’d get to do was play one half-inning at second base? Well... Yeah. Probably. He’s Eduardo Nunez. Eduardo Nunez loves fun.
Unlike the All-Star game, which is anti-fun.
What did you think?