Four Reasons to Enjoy the 2009 MLB All-Star Game

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Four Reasons to Enjoy the 2009 MLB All-Star Game
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With half of the Major League Baseball season in the books, it is once again time for the annual All-Star Game.

For the elite talent in the league, it is a time to be honored for hard work and dedication.

For those players not invited to the festivities, it is a time to sit back and enjoy some much-needed relaxation.

For fans, it should unquestionably be an event to enjoy.

Naysayers will hold to the qualm that the outcome of the game should not determine World Series home field advantage. They are certainly right in that respect.

However, one negative factor should not take away from the many positives surrounding the Midsummer Classic.

This event is a celebration of the best players of the national pastime. It is a meeting of the greatest components of the big leagues, bringing both players and fans together with one universal concept: the love of baseball.

Every season around this time, there are stories within the main story that make it that much more special. This year is no different.

Bringing the baseball world to one of its most beautiful venues, the new Busch Stadium, in one of the prototypical baseball cities in the country, St. Louis, commissioner Bud Selig really outdid himself this time.

The stage is set, and what a stage it is sure to be. Like years past, everyone around the sport likely wonders who will steal the spotlight.

Will it be an unlikely hero coming up with the game-winning hit, like J.D. Drew last year?

Will Ichiro take over like he did in 2007?

Regardless of the game’s MVP (which will be yet another voting process controlled by the fans), the game never ceases to entertain. Selig has scheduled a ratings monster—fan interaction, Hall of Famers, the president, and a man referred to as “The Machine.”

It’s the 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the last of the decade. The following list details four reasons why it might also be the best of the decade.

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