There's a lot to like about the MLB All-Star teams, as I lead in today's SN column:
*Love Pujols as the leading vote-getter.
*Love Tim Wakefield making his first ASG at 42.
*Love King Felix making his first ASG at 23.
*Love Ben Zobrist making the AL roster.
There's a lot to be annoyed about:
*Josh Hamilton. I know a lot of voting is popularity, but fans have a great track record of voting in the deserving. Hamilton did not deserve to start the game this year.
*I know Aaron Hill is having a great season, but Ian Kinsler could have been the starting 2B. Now he's relegated to "Final Vote"; respect the people's wishes and vote him in.
*I know Mark Reynolds strikes out a lot. And I know Pablo Sandoval isn't a big name (but he is in fantasy circles!) But I had both on my NL starting ballot -- both are Final Vote guys.
Still: We're talking MLB, and MLB All-Star selections remain the most interesting of any sports league's all-star results. And, as I have said for years, Final Vote is genius.
*Roger Federer. What I love is all the folks who said that last year's Federer-Nadal Wimbledon final was the best tennis match ever. Umm...what happens when the very next year, the Wimbledon final is just as good? (BTW: Federer GOAT, in case you still had doubts.)
*I'm not sold on Rasheed Wallace being the missing ingredient for the Celtics. I don't see him containing Dwight Howard, unless he can take him out to the 3-point line. I do like his veteran/championship experience, but it's not like the Celtics were short on that before.
*Love that Hedo Turkoglu pulled a Boozer by saying yes to the Blazers, then turned around and signed with the Raptors -- mainly because his wife likes Toronto more than Portland. Toronto is NBA exile (sorry, Skeets and Melas) and Hedo just went from in-mind to outta sight.
*Steve McNair. I remain incredibly troubled by his murder. More on this later, in its own post.
Complete SN column here. More later.