By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – As you know if you’re a regular reader, I am a big sports fan, only in part because it takes my mind off politics.

I also find there are important life lessons to be learned from sports, no more so than from tonight’s annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

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The All-Star Game, you’re thinking? What a huge bore.

I totally agree.

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I use the All-Star Game to help me get my deepest, most refreshing night’s sleep of the year. A couple of innings of that thing, and I am down for the count. Perhaps others sit, riveted, and watch it all the way through, but not me.

But this raises a question – why is the All-Star game so dull, in spite of their sorry effort to give it meaning by granting the winning league home field advantage in the World Series?

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It’s because the game violates the very essence of what makes baseball interesting.

Baseball is a team game, requiring constant risk and sacrifice on behalf of the team. But the All-Star Game puts the emphasis on individuals, and most of the players follow suit.

Good baseball teams feature a mix of stars and role players. But in this game everyone is a star, and no one is left to do the dirty work – the sacrifice ground out, or getting hit by a pitch – that makes for winning baseball.

The all-star snoozefest reminds us of the value of teamwork, sacrifice and attention to detail – the real all-stars of the sport.

Watching stars play without all that is a perfect antidote for midsummer insomnia.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

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Jon Keller