For as long as professional sports have been relevant, the All-Star Game has been a big deal.
There are great stories of All-Star Games of year's past. Everybody has seen the photo of Pete Rose slamming into the AL catcher. That photo and highlight has been passed from father to son, for years.
Let’s fast forward to now, there will be no defining moments coming from the All-Star Game anymore. The biggest culprit of this phenomenon is the
At any point throughout the season, little Joey in Delaware can now log onto any Website and see a 30-minute highlight reel and get instant box scores without waiting.
Also at that same time, Sean in Nebraska can now flip his TV to any sports channel and see the same highlights and get up to the minute scores, without waiting for the morning paper. You can now watch any game at any time, no matter where you live. You can even watch every game in every sport now, if you’re willing to pay for it.
The days of waiting for the morning paper to see how the out of town rival did, or to find out how your favorite player did, the days of picking the games to see that one special player from each team, is now over.
I can flip to ESPN every night and see how every player did that day.
Gone are the days of the immense excitement when a future Hall-of-
Famer came to town for the only time that season. Now you can go to any sports website and watch highlights, or even watch the full games.
This year as the
MLB All-Star Game approached, I had less and less excitement.
This made me miss the days of my childhood, when you could watch all of the best players on one field at the same time. It is now possible to watch all of the best players in the matter of one hour
online or on TV.
While the invention of the Internet is widely celebrated and has made life easier in so many ways, it has become a thorn in the side of traditionalists.
Major League Baseball has tried to do anything it can to make the game more relevant. The moniker of “this one counts” was a good idea, but in reality, it has done nothing to boost the game. I hate to say it, but I don’t think anything can save the game at this point.
The idea of the All-Star Game is slowly losing its appeal, fans don’t have interest and the players are looking for reasons to skip the game and go to Cancun for the weekend.
The reason for all of this, is the Internet and the expansion of TV.
It's a sad thought to think, it's killing this great event, but it will slowly wither away over time.
Rest in peace All-Star Game…you will be missed.