The National League came out and dominated the All-Star Game with a shutout to much fanfare. The big prize is home field advantage in the World Series. Too bad it won't matter.
On the National League side of things, Chipper Jones got to bask in a huge ovation in his final All-Star Game. The Phillies' Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon and Carlos Ruiz got to take part in a rare win and Melky Cabrera won the MVP in the stadium he called home last year.
On the American League side, their hitters have now been shut out in 14 straight innings in the All Star game. Robinson Cano was booed lustily for two days by the Kansas City crowd.
Don't forget that Royals fans haven't had much to be excited about in the last two decades, so allow them their moment please.
In the end it was an 8-0 final score for the NL, and fans of a few select AL teams miffed at the result.
Those AL teams would be the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. Some people will point to the fact that 21 of the last 26 World Series winners had home field advantage.
That's a significant number, but if you look at the span of the All-Star Game deciding home field, the home team is 6-3. Still in favor of the home team, but not by as wide a margin.
In those nine World Series, the team with the better record won four times. All four times they had home field. Five times the team with less wins won the World Series and three of those times they were the road team.
Home field advantage isn't why teams win the World Series. It can help, but it isn't the only reason. Teams win the World Series because they play well at the right time, get good pitching and timely hitting.
The Phillies had the most wins in Major League Baseball last year, had home field advantage and lost anyway to the lesser team. That lesser team won the whole thing.
Aside from just the logic of it, look at the likely teams competing for the World Series.
The top teams in the AL are legitimate powerhouses in the Yankees and Rangers. The Yankees have a .612 winning percentage while the Rangers are at .605.
In the NL, the top two teams right now are the Nationals at .590 and the Pirates at .565. Does anyone really see either of those teams winning it all?
The Nationals and Pirates will not win the World Series and neither will any other National League team. The World Series is the American League's to lose.
Obviously the NL can win, as stranger things have happened, but home field advantage will not be the reason why.
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