All-Star ‘lame’thanks to $$$

Jul 12, 2005 6:48 AM

I love baseball but, by my standards, I find it hard to call it an All-Star game. Not with guys batting in the 200s, and pitchers with five losses.

When the All-Star game was really about great players, it was something special and a pleasure to watch. It was about the pride of players named to the team and on the same field with the likes of Willie Mays "The Say Hey Kid."

Now these were truly All-Stars, who played like it was Game 7 of the World Series. The majority of these guys today don’t care. To them, it’s about the big bonus check they get for making the team. Carlos Beltran of the Mets is batting around .260, yet will get $100,000 for making the team. The same clause applies for the Angels trio of Garret Anderson, Bartolo Colon and Vladimir Guerrero.

Then we have Derrek Lee from the Cubs and Alex Rodriguez from the Yanks. The next level is 75k, then 50, 25, 15 etc. Believe me, that clause will appear in next year’s contract.

When I grew up, the All-Star game was baseball and apple pie. Now, like all pro sports, it has become international with players from all over the world. Each country will be represented by a player in the home run derby. My choice to win was Milwaukee OF Carlos Lee. Lee, who represents Panama, knows Detroit’s Comerica Park from his White Sox days.

My good friend Rich Donnelly, third base coach of the Brew Crew said of Lee, "He’s got massive power. Stupid power. He doesn’t come up in batting practice and hit every ball out, but works the ball around. When he wants to try it, he’s the best I’ve ever seen."

For Pittsburgh fans, Jason Bay was the first Buc in the homer derby since Barry Bonds back in 1992. By the way, Jason gets no bonus for playing in this year’s game. Some of these guys get up to 25k more if they start.

Furthermore

”¡ If you think the Yankees can make the playoffs, head to the Palms. The Bombers were even money and still are an inviting -120.

”¡ Nevada Race books are now excepting 10-cent superfecta bets for races at Arlington, Delaware Park, Great Lakes Downs, Hawthorne Harness, Lone Star, Sam Houston and Hollywood Park. Del Mar comes on board July 20.

I think it’s a great idea. I will take a shot at supers when there are at least 10 horses in the race and the chalk is beatable. Now, the value of a 10-cent super is twofold.

When you hit a good one, it is not necessary to fill out that nasty IRS form. This past Sunday in the sixth race at Hollywood, I liked a 25-1 and a 15-1 shot to be in the super. So I took a shot and they ran third and fourth, while the second favorite won and the favorite finished out of the money. The $1.00 super paid $2,302 a signer. The 10-cent super paid $230.00, no signer.

I played the ticket, 3-4-7 with 1-3-4-5-7 with 1-3-4-5-7 with 1-3-4-5-7. The total cost was $7.20 instead of $72.00 for the $1.00 bet. The great thing is that playing for $1.00 allows you to avoid the signer by just repeating the 10-cent bet unlimited times.

Just say you wanted to play it three times then simply make the first bet and repeat it twice. My bet would have cost $21.60 (3 x $7.20) with a return of $690. Fifty cent exacts are coming in the very near future. More good stuff for the little guy!

Hey, we just would like to stay in action.