July 15, 2009

American League Wins All-Star Game and World Series Home Field Advantage: The last time the National League won the All-Star Game, Bill Clinton was president, "Macarena" was a No. 1 song, Google didn't exist, Roger Maris was the single-season home run king, there was no interleague play and rampant steroid use was still a secret.

posted by rcade to baseball at 03:05 AM - 13 comments

Ahhhh - good times

posted by kokaku at 08:01 AM on July 15, 2009

Bigger than all of those - Rogers Cadenhead had yet to create an online community where idiots like me could extend our irrelevance.

posted by smithnyiu at 09:30 AM on July 15, 2009

I blame the blogs. And twitter. And Facebook. The National League hasn't been able to concentrate since then.

posted by trox at 09:45 AM on July 15, 2009

I created this site with the rest of the Pantheon under influence of performance-enhancing drugs. Since we started testing I've been a shadow of my former self.

posted by rcade at 10:14 AM on July 15, 2009

Anyone watch? I just wanted to see Obama's delivery, but I missed it.

posted by scully at 10:26 AM on July 15, 2009

I just wanted to see Obama's delivery


posted by smithnyiu at 10:36 AM on July 15, 2009

Maybe that's a different link, but I couldn't watch the videos I found on YT. They were all people pointing their cameras at their tellys. The official White House blog had some good footage though. Thanks.

posted by scully at 10:47 AM on July 15, 2009

In my youth, it was completely the other way around. The NL won every year, and we were getting sick and tired of it. The breakthrough came in 1983, just weeks before the earth changing outcome of the America's Cup races. Quite a daily double.

After the last NL win in 1996, the best quote came from MVP Piazza:

"For something like this to happen in Philadelphia is just unbelievable."

You could apply that quote to any number of memorable moments, sporting or otherwise.

posted by beaverboard at 03:35 PM on July 15, 2009

I just wanted to see Obama's delivery

A bit like his Presidency so far....Good Pitch...No follow through!

Seriously though, there was a long stretch where the NL dominated in the All-Star game so, these things tend to be cyclical like the NFC dominating the AFC in the Super Bowl before the Denver breakthrough in the 1997 season...SInce then, it's been mostly AFC but I expect that will turnaround at some point and swing back the other way.

posted by R_A_Mason at 11:16 PM on July 15, 2009

Speaking of ceremonial pitches... why is it so hard for a healthy human to throw a baseball 60 feet into the waiting mitt of a staionary, expectant professional catcher?

I've looked around (a little) (a very little) and haven't found a decent throw.

Seems like one would practice before throwing a baseball in front of millions of people.

posted by bobfoot at 01:13 AM on July 16, 2009

I just don't get it. I haven't thrown a baseball in 3 or 4 years, but I feel like I could roll out of bed and throw it 60'6". I guess if you never played, it's not so automatic-- no muscle memory.

posted by yerfatma at 08:51 AM on July 16, 2009

Seems like one would practice before throwing a baseball in front of millions of people.

The man could've thrown a single baseball in the week leading up to the game, and the righty blogs would've bitched about how he should focus on the economy. Now they just get to bitch about how he can't throw a baseball too well.

posted by inigo2 at 09:51 AM on July 16, 2009

Not to get all Tommy Bahama on the guy, but what was up with Obama's jeans? They looked like cheapo ill-fitting Wrangler jeans or something. Doesn't Michelle dress him?

posted by mikemacman at 12:14 PM on July 16, 2009

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