By Jacob Kornhauser on July 15, 2014
The Midsummer Classic gets underway tonight and there are several intriguing storylines. Like every other year, there are several reasons to tune in for the game. Here are 10 reasons why you have to love the MLB All-Star Game.
Like everything else in baseball, the All-Star Game has a very rich history. It dates back to 1933 when Babe Ruth was playing in the game. No other pro sport can make that claim about their All-Star Games, and it's another reason why the MLB All-Star Game is better than those games.
Perennial All-Stars normally turn into Hall of Famers eventually. By that logic, there are several players in every All-Star Game who will eventually end up in Cooperstown. Being able to watch all of those players playing on one night in the same game is pretty special.
For fans of the several contenders in each league, the All-Star Game actually means a lot. Since the winning league gets home-field advantage in the World Series, it's extremely important. For contending teams. It could make the difference between a runner-up finish and a championship season.
With so many talented players participating in the game, you never know what's going to happen in the All-Star Game. It could be a 2-1 pitcher's duel or it could be a 9-8 slugfest. Either outcome figures to be entertaining, and the fact it's unpredictable makes it that much more exciting.
Members of the Red Sox and Yankees become teammates for one night. The same can be said for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. For one night a year, these bitter rivals become teammates and work together to gain home-field advantage for their leagues which is pretty unique.
Players participating in the All-Star Game earned their spot through terrific play in the first half of the season. It gives fans from around the country a chance to go "hey, I didn't realize that guy was having that great of a season". Like most other All-Star Games, it gives the country a chance to recognize the most talented players in a sport.
Every team has at least one All-Star, so fans of every team have something to watch for. Whether you root for a contender or a cellar dweller, you have a chance to see your favorite player put his talents on display on a national stage.
Essentially, the All-Star Games in other sports are a joke. The NFL Pro Bowl involves the offensive and defensive lines going 50 percent and the skill players excelling. The NBA All-Star Game involves both teams scoring almost 200 points. Everyone takes the MLB All-Star Game seriously because it means home-field advantage. Therefore, it has the most integrity of any All-Star Game as well.
The MLB All-Star Game comes at the perfect time of the year. No other major sporting events are going on, so this one game has the entire spotlight. This is the case every year, so every sports fan has a chance to tune in without worrying about missing out on another sporting event.
Fans on the northeast aren't always watching players like Mike Trout and Yasiel Puig on the west coast during the regular season. However, in the All-Star Game fans from everywhere around the country have a chance to see amazing players that they don't have the chance to see in the regular season.
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