Sunday, July 11, 2010

July 11, 1989: Leading off

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Why on earth do you make Bo Jackson your leadoff hitter? He's no leadoff hitter. He's a number 4 or 5 hitter, but how can you put him leading off? Boggs, your number 2 hitter, is a much more natural choice to lead off - he does it all the time. Why Bo?

Oh, you want to start the game with a bang? Well, what if he strikes out? Then what? You've wasted your best hitter on the first at bat of the game, and he'll probably only get one more chance.

It's just an All-Star Game, you say? It doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things, you say? See, that's part of the problem. People are starting to treat the All-Star Game more and more like an exhibition. Yes, I know that's what it is, but it used to have prestige, be the most anticipated game of the entire summer. Now when people like you do crazy stuff like putting Bo Jackson in the leadoff spot, all it does is announce to the fans that you don't take the game seriously. If you don't, and if the players don't, how are fans supposed to? It's an exhibition, but fans still pay good money to go to the game.

And furthermore ... wait. Where's that ball going? Good God, how strong is that man? What is that, 450 feet? Wow.

.... OK, fine, it worked. Sheesh.

(Watch the video for Jackson's home run, with cameo appearances by Ronald Reagan, Kirby Puckett, and skinny Mark McGwire!)

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