You may have heard that The 2011 MLB All-Star Game, just like the versions from 2003-2010, counts this time.
I, along with most people, view this game as an exhibition. A chance to showcase the best (or, at least, most popular) players in the game. In a rational world, an exhibition wouldn't determine home field advantage for the world series. We don't live in a rational world, though.
You'll remember that in 2002, with commissioner Bud Selig situated comfortably in the stands, the game ended in a tie because each league's manager exhausted their pitching options.
Unaware that the days of Pete Rose crashing into a catcher, when players and fans cared about the exhibition, had long gone away, Selig decided to take action to assure us that we'd never see such a debacle again.
Instead of expending hundreds of words on why we should get rid of that element, because it quite frankly isn't going away, I figured I'd toss out some ideas to at least make making this one count a little more tolerable.