2008 All-Star Game | 07/13/08
The All-Star Game is on Tuesday and on Sunday I found out Kerry Wood was going to be replaced by none other than Carlos Marmol. Although Marmol has been awful lately, if he's able to bring his "A-Game", he will be the most unhittable pitcher available. Too bad you don't know which Marmol you'll get anymore. For that reason I'd have to keep him on the bench which is pretty sad. In his defense he'd probably be nervous and overthrow and his fastball would likely be over 100mph so it wouldn't really matter if his slider was 50' off the plate.
Looking at the lineups, I don't really see how the National League could lose except that Cliff Lee is really good. As far as hitting though, I'd much rather have the NL lineup--especially as you work your way towards the bottom. Kevin Youkalis wouldn't even be an All-Star in the Glover Park Softball League, so the fact he's there at all is just fantastic for the NL. To a lesser extent, this is true for Dustin Pedroia. Thank God for stupid Boston fans voting in their crappy players (and crappy players voting for their crappy-playing friends).
The Cubs have too many All-Stars. I would have only sent Dempster and Soto. Fukudome is a fine player but not an All-Star. Whatever. This is the NL's year which is good because the Cubs are going to the World Series and clearly can only win at home.