MLB All-Star Game 2011: 5 Reasons Every Sports Fan Should Watch

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MLB All-Star Game 2011: 5 Reasons Every Sports Fan Should Watch
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Let's face it: As significant as All-Star games are to their respective leagues, they usually only attract true fans of the specific sport involved.

The NBA All-Star Game is often considered a glorified display of offense—and for good reason.  Defense is seen about as often in the All-Star Game as Greg Oden is seen during the rest of the season. 

The NFL Pro Bowl, occurring either right before or after the Super Bowl, is usually ignored or forgotten by the casual sports fan more interested in the championship—or just uninterested in hearing the dozens of excuses elected starters make for not showing up.

The NHL All-Star Game falls victim to hockey's lack of popularity—although the game itself, when combined with the skills contests that precede it, is pretty entertaining. 

This year's MLB All-Star Game, however, has something for everyone.  Every sports fan should be able to find a reason to watch, if he puts in the proper effort. 

Here are five universal attractions to unite the spectators next Tuesday night.

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