Once again, Major League Baseball chooses brawn over brains. The young gun gets the nod over the wily old veteran. The flamethrower surpasses the junk-baller. Apparently 44.2 straight innings without allowing an earned run just is not enough.
In a shocking and disappointing decision, Tony La Russa chose Matt Cain to be the National League starter over the more deserving candidate, R.A. Dickey. While there is no denying that Cain is a definite All-Star and Cy Young candidate, Dickey has performed at a level unmatched by any other pitcher in baseball this season.
So while both men will undoubtedly get an opportunity to throw during the game, there is a certain prestige that goes with being named the starter. R.A. Dickey deserved that moment.