2008 All Star Game Preview and Predictions

Harris DeckerSenior Analyst IJuly 15, 2008

Everyone who watched the Home Run Derby will remember that night for a long time. We watched the future of baseball developing right before our eyes.

Josh Hamilton put on quite a show, with Justin Morneau winning it in the final round. Hamilton hit 32 Home runs over the first two rounds, and hit many of them for well over 475 feet.

Just before getting to my preview of the All Star game tonight, I want to point something out. All of those players, fans, and writers who said that the Home Run derby was not important, or entertaining, were proven wrong last night.

Anyone who watched the derby last night, were sucked in by the story of Josh Hamiton and the show he put on in the Bronx.

Now moving on to the All Star game, which will decide home field advantage in the World Series.

The pitching match-up tonight will feature two pitchers who are perfect examples of first half dominators.

Cliff Lee will pitch for the American League and Ben Sheets will take the mound for the National League. These two pitchers have had fantastic first half's, and are very deserving of getting the starting nod in the All Star game.

The lineups include a lot of names that casual fans may not know. From guys like Dioner Navarro, Ian Kinsler, and even Cliff Lee. There has been a clear shift from the veteran, to the younger, future of baseball.

I believe that with the powerhouse lineup that the National League boasts this year, the oldest league in baseball, will prevail.