I have a few geezer gripes with this year’s MLB all-star game played last night:
1. Bud selig got the roberto clemente tribute all wrong. He was focusing on “all clemente’s fans in the US”. He should have been talking about all his fans in the U.S. AND the latin countries. Clemente is the ultimate sports figure in the Latin countries. Not once did Selig mention how Clemente is an inspiration to all of today’s latin players. He completely missed the mark on his tribute speech.
2. joe buck was being very disrespectful to clemente’s wife. Following Selig’s speech, Mrs. Clemente gave a very nice speech. When she finished, Joe Buck said, “thank you” very quickly then he immediately turned to the crowd and yelled out “are you having a good time? let’s go to the bottom of the 5th and play some baseball”.
3. I’m not a big fan of MLB using the middle innings to do their tribute. It’s nice to do, say every 10 years, but not every stinkin’ year. It loses its impact and only slows the game down.
4. and what’s up with pittsburgh hosting their last all-star game in 1994? only 12 years between hosting gigs? that ain’t fair. I don’t care if they have a new, fancy stadium or not. They need to wait 30 years like everyone else to get another hosting gig.