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.READ MORE: More Than 485,000 Lose Power As Nor'easter Hits Massachusetts
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?READ MORE: Nor'easter Blows Down Tree And Power Lines Onto SUV, Trapping Driver In Barnstable
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.
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