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This is how you make the All-Star Game fun again.

By Dan Gartland
July 10, 2019

This is how you make the All-Star Game fun again

Two of the most common criticisms of MLB are that the league doesn’t know how to market its stars and that the All-Star Game is a dull, pointless affair. Well, last night’s All-Star Game took steps to solve both of those problems. 

Throughout the broadcast, the FOX crew did in-game interviews with mic’d up players on the field, and they were fantastic. None was better, though, than Freddie Freeman wearing a wire as Justin Verlander struck him out in the first inning. Freeman’s running commentary of the at-bat and his back-and-forth with Verlander was an absolute delight. 

Other players to wear a mic during the game included Francisco Lindor, Christian Yelich, Cody Bellinger and Alex Bregman. 

Conducting in-game interviews in games that matter (like the Premier Lacrosse League does) probably wouldn’t fly, but there’s no reason why MLB can’t put microphones on a handful of players every week. The league can post a compilation of the best bits on YouTube, allowing the fans get a peek behind the curtain and see what it’s like to be on a big-league field. 

He’s so incredibly full of crap

Nets GM Sean Marks says he had no idea Kevin Durant intended to sign with the Nets until he saw the Instagram post that KD’s company put up literally two minutes after the negotiation period opened. 

This is patently false, of course. Durant didn’t commit to the Nets without first making sure that the team wanted him and was willing to pay him. Free agents had struck deals with teams fair in advance, which is technicially against the rules but nobody really cares. Guys like Marks, though, have to pretend like everything was done by the book and give quotes like this so they won’t get fined by the league. That is extremely funny. (It won’t be like that for much longer, though, since commissioner Adam Silver says he wants to rework the “pointless” tampering rules.)

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