The 2012 MLB All-Star Game
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The R.A.Dickey - Matt Cain debate
National League Manager Tony La Russa picked Matt Cain to start this year's All-Star game.
I love me some Matt Cain. One of my favorite pitchers with a blistering fastball. He's 9-3 and pitched a perfect game against my Astros in June. Matt Cain is a good man.
R.A. Dickey is 12-1, a journeyman who went back to the minors to work on a knuckle ball and against all odds made it back to the big leagues. Mr. Dickey is having an incredible year. Not only that, he represents the every man who sits in the bleachers or upper deck, as opposed to the Fat Cats behind home plate.
Seemed like an easy choice, no disrespect to Mr. Cain.
But what about the catcher unprepared to catch a knuckle ball , or home field advantage in the World Series, or Cain's perfect game.
Give it a rest. R.A. Dickey has captured the attention of baseball fans all around the country and helped give the Mets a fighting chance at the playoffs. Oh yeah, if that's not enough, he's the best pitcher in baseball right now.
Here's what Matt Cain had to say about R.A. Dickey starting the game.
"I was actually thinking that it might be a little bit of help if R.A were able to start it, because maybe Buster would be able to catch him today and then catch him warming up or something like that -- maybe a little bit of help doing it that way," Cain said. "But I found out yesterday when I was getting over to the hotel, and was just extremely excited about the whole thing and just started to think about what their lineup was going to be."Like I said earlier, Matt Cain is a good man. And I'm jazzed to watch him pitch tonight.
Manager Tony La Russa said he lives in the Bay Area and watches Matt Cain a lot and has watched him mature or some crap like that. So there you have it.
It all boils down to some squirrel who's in charge playing favorites. Just like in real life.
National League All-Star Manager Tony La Russa
Prediction for tonight's game: David Ortiz hits for the cycle.