These All-Stars lost their twinkle

Jul 14, 2009 5:06 PM
Diamond's Gems by Sid Diamond |

As you know, the 80th All-Star game plays tonight (Tuesday). Mathematically, I’ve already deduced the first game was played in 1929. How things and attitudes have changed!

I remember players during the 50s, 60s and 70s that thought it was a great privilege to represent their leagues in the summer classic. Just making the roster immediately added prestige to any and all of the fortunate participants.

It also meant a player would forever be introduced as an All-Star, instead of just a catcher or pitcher.

The players today, however, in many cases look upon this game as a negative, because of the travel and not getting three days off in the middle of the season.

Aware of modern day attitudes, organizations now include incentives, with financial rewards to players who make the All-Star rosters.

The initial 68 picks for the game collectively will receive $2.3 million dollars in bonuses. Furthermore, the winner of the game gets to determine the league that will be the home team in the World Series – an added incentive put in a few years ago in an attempt to increase player participation and fan interest in the game.

The next thing you know they’ll have home run hitting contests and the like to obtain more revenue in the two-day TV circus. Oh, they have the home run derby!

In the future they may even have pitcher accuracy contests to help fill the time up for TV. The one thing I am certain they won’t do any more is have a tie game go into the books.

As Michael Douglas’ speech in the movie Wall Street said, "greed is good." I certainly believe that Bud Selig and his cohorts agree with him.

Ah, for the good old days when Ozzie Smith did back flips, and Pete Rose plowed through catchers.

Here’s the good news. Foreclosures are down throughout the country. Sales of those foreclosed homes are brisk, as people realize bargains are available. Interest rates are the lowest in years, which makes monthly payments buyer friendly. Even tax write-offs add to the incentive for potential buyers.

As the foreclosed properties are removed from the market place, those that have held onto their homes will soon see home prices going up and equity becoming a reality once again.

Good times are coming back, so bite the bullet now, and you’ll be rewarded later. Even GM is back in the hunt.

Buy American. Naturally, my choice is the American League in the All-Star Game.

Have a great week.

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