The 2017 All-Star break is here, and you know what that means—it’s time to watch dingers, bitch about Joe Buck, and then have an existential crisis for two days while there is no baseball being played.
This year the MLB All-Star Game is a little different because it no longer determines home field advantage for the World Series. It’s just pure exhibition, baby!
The Minnesota Twins will have three representatives in Miami: Miguel Sano, Ervin Santana, and late-addition Brandon Kintzler.
Miguel Sano will also be participating in the Home Run Derby. MLB is doing a challenge where if you perfectly predict the outcome of the entire Home Run Derby bracket you get free tickets to the World Series this year. You can fill out said bracket here.
Former Twin and Twin Cities native Pat Neshek will also be at the game this year. He’s with the Phillies now, though, so he’ll be playing for the National League. You can still cheer for him if you want since, like I said, the All-Star Game doesn’t count for anything anymore.
We will have game threads for both the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game here at Twinkie Town, if you’d like to watch while chatting with your fellow Twins fans.
Anyway, here is a schedule of this week’s festivities, plus when and where to watch:
3 p.m. CT - MLB Futures Game (A time machine, because this already happened)
7:00 p.m. CT - Home Run Derby (ESPN)
9:00 p.m. CT - All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (ESPN)
2:00 p.m. CT - MLB All-Star Red Carpet show (MLB Network, MLB.com)
7:00 p.m. CT - 2017 MLB All-Star Game (FOX)
7:00 p.m. CT - Realize there is no baseball on. Become visibly uncomfortable to those around you. Flip through channels to find what to watch. Think about reading a book before deciding to watch a few reruns of Seinfeld. You’ve already seen these episodes several times. What are you doing?
7:00 p.m. CT - Realize there has been no baseball for TWO DAYS. Start freaking out. Think about how you have achieved nothing that you wanted to by this point in your life. Are you just a loser? Are you not trying hard enough? Have you been wasting too much time watching Twins baseball? Maybe break out your 1991 World Series DVDs or something because holy crap.
What events will you be watching? What are you most excited for this week? Have any grand predictions?