Reds/All-Star game

All-Star observations
*Just a fantastic night of baseball
*Pretty cool scene to see 5 Reds standing on the baseline during introductions
*Loved the Derek Jeter moments...AB's, hits, ovation, diving stop...what a final All-Star act
*Cool of Adam Wainwright to step off mound, set his glove down and allow the ovation for Jeter to continue for over a minute 
*It's one thing for Wainwright to do what he did, but I have no idea why he would say he did what he did
*How about Yu Darvish's 56 mph pitch to Tulo?
*Cespedes with a grin after Chapman started him with a 100mph fastball
*How about Mike Trout? And loved his quick response to car choice, "I'll take the Corvette"
*Cool Jeter/McCutchen smiles, pointing at each other on grounder
*Cardinal pitchers allowed all 5 runs
*Pat Nesheck is a Butler grad
*Miggy's laser beam HR
*Mesoraco almost made a play that would have been remembered for a long time
*I gulped when Chapman came up gimpy after covering 1B.
*Cool moment when St Paul, MN native and Minnesota Twins pitcher Glen Perkins got the final out and save.
*The game should not be about home field, it should be about moments. It should be a show. Nobody should care who wins the damn game. The game should not be serious, it should be fun.
*The "this counts" theme has got to end. Give home field to the team with best regular season record, or to the league with best overall interleague record.
*You can't continue to tie home field to a popularity contest that encourages fans to vote online 25 times a day for their favorite player. If it counts, you can't require a player from each team. If it counts, you can't have fans vote for the final player on each roster.

Nobody does this like MLB. Never have, never will
AP: Jeter takes a bow, hits a double

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 15: American League All-Star Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees acknowledges the crowd before his first at bat during the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)


This is cool: Derek Jeter's pregame speech to AL All-Stars

Wainwright vs Jeter

Rosenthal: Wainwright got it right in the beginning and the end

Posnanski: Wainwright followed the rules and pays the price

Crasnick: Did Wainwright let up on Jeter?

Video: Wainwright's initial comments about Jeter Wainright tries to explain

 Reds prepping for 2015 All-Star game

Mark Sheldon,
MINNEAPOLIS -- Having waited decades to host another All-Star Game, the Reds and Cincinnati have been preparing for it even before they knew another would ever come. That preparation has jumped multiple levels this week during the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field.
Cincinnati, the next All-Star Game in July 2015 is all yours.
"I think we're more than ready," Reds chief operating officer Phil Castellini said.

Last night
Devin Mesoraco: K, made a heck of a play to almost throw out Alexi Ramirez at 3rd base after a wild pitch.
Todd Frazier: BB
Aflredo Simon: 1 IN, 1 H, 0 R
Aroldis Chapman: .2 IN, 0 R
Johnny Cueto: Did not pitch

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 15: National League All-Star Alfredo Simon #31 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the American League All-Stars during the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Sheldon: Simon thrilled to face Jeter

Sheldon: Chapman tweaks hamstring, says he'll be fine

Frazier on Red Carpet Show

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 15: National League All-Star Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds is introduced prior to the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)