Sometimes in July

It happens on a regular basis, this gathering of young talent and grizzled veterans. The two sides (with input from the people of course because, after all, this is America) pull the brightest stars from their respective firmaments, bring them together and then allow them duke it out. And it seems like each time the result plays an increasingly ambiguous role in what eventually happens in November. Yep, that’s what the nominating conventions are all about.

Political_convention.jpgOh, I’m sorry. Did you think I was talking about the All-Star game?

All Star Weekend 7.12.2009 010.jpgIt’s no coincidence that baseball and politics have so much in common. The two are intertwined in American history. Even now, Hall of Famer and former Detroit Tiger Jim Bunning terrorizes opponents from his seat in the US Senate just like he used to do from his spot on the mound.

And as I was watching the Minor League All-Star game the other day, I was reminded again of how fleeting fame can be to both baseball players and politicians. Each and every one is fighting for a chance to reach the big time, to really stand out. But it’s hard to know who has what it takes.

A year ago there was talk of Mark Sanford as a possible McCain running mate and it was almost a foregone conclusion that he would be in the thick of things when the next election cycle began. Now, he’s an also-ran, an afterthought, a cautionary tale. A teary-eyed Alex Rodriguez but with no more comeback.

Or take Sarah Palin, the politician’s equivalent of Sammy Sosa. Both had talent but made it as far as they did for all the wrong reasons. Now they’re little more than whipping boys, examples of all that’s wrong with a broken system.

However, it’s better to focus on the positives at this time of year, on people like Brandon Inge and Tim Wakefield who finally got a little respect even if things didn’t play out exactly the way they might have hoped. Because, for all the ridiculousness associated with the All-Star game or with political conventions, they really are a good show and you aren’t going to find anything like ‘em except in the good ol’ US of A.

Welcome back from the All-Star break!

-A

11 Comments

My break hasn’t ended yet. The Yankees are off until Friday, so I get another day to actually have a life!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

I cant wait until tonight when the game comes on! I dont know why I’m so excited, but I am. http://tribechick.mlblogs.com/

-TC

Oh, I wouldn’t count Sarah Palin out just yet. Lots of people still like her, after all. She’s real purrty.-Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.mlblogs.com

Still have another day off before my guys are back at it! I may have to break down an watch the Dodgers game tonight.
American Political Conventions are way more fun than Canadian ones.
Ginny
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

Sarah Palin(PILF), like Erin Andrews(BILF), are nice to look at, but I wouldn’t want either one of them in the White House(POTUSILF?).
:^)
http://jonestein.mlblogs.com/

Ya, I’m glad wakefeild is finally getting some respect, he’s been around forever

Johnny
http://13mlb.mlblogs.com/

I too have another night off before I go back to chewing finger nails and pounding my head! Oh – and drinking heavily! lol!!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I’m quite excited that the All Star break is over. I’m ready to see my team back in action. It is nice to see Wakefield get some attention, I feel like that guy could pitch forever.
Emily
http://deconstructingthoughts.mlblogs.com/

Bunning’s a HOFer. If there were a HOF for politicians, I don’t think anyone would be clean enough to get in.
–Jeff

I went to the AA All-Star game on Weds. and yeah, some of these kids look amazing, but who really knows? It’s a total crap shoot if you ask me :O)

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Hahaha :) Well, actually they helped us win one of our games. Shin-Shoo-Choo hit a single & it hit one of the Gulls, which bounced off of it at an angle, so the other team couldn’t field it & we won. x) It was quite funny!
But the midges probably should go somewhere.
http://tribechick.mlblogs.com/

-TC
For now, I like the seagulls.

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