Winning a World Championship in baseball requires an incredible amount of focus, determination, courage, and heart. The New York Yankees are what baseball is all about. They represent the integrity of the game and have an uncanny desire to win. This year’s Yankee club is no different. They have the determination, the willpower to succeed, and the Yankee legacy on their side. One important component the Yankees lack is pitching. The Yanks have always possessed the intangibles, but this year they are missing that very important piece of the puzzle. In order to succeed in Major League Baseball every team must rely on starting pitching to help grind out the playoff games in October. The legacy of Mantle and Ruth can’t help NY now, but Clemens could’ve.
And now, starting for the American League All-Star team as voted on by the baseball fans out there… with a stellar 11 home runs, 31 RBI and a .238 batting average, former MVP Jason Giambi! Every year the fans make a mistake or two with their selections for All-Star game starters, often voting on reputation or recognizable names instead of on how a player has performed in the current season, and that’s not always a bad thing. It brings more star power to the game, which is supposed to be more of an event than a competitive game anyways. Cal Ripken Jr. was a constant presence in the starting lineup over the years, despite a career that was on a noticeable downward plunge. But the fans loved him because of the streak that kept him in the public eye, and even more importantly, because they knew who he was. One year Jose Canseco was voted as a starter despite missing virtually the whole first half of the season due to injury, but he was still the most exciting player in the sport at the time, so he still deserved to be there at a showcase for the sport. Jason Giambi has no business being at the All-Star Game in 2004.