Full disclosure: I’m an American League snob. I grew up near Tiger Stadium, and lived in eastern AL towns while pursuing my education (Boston and Baltimore)–I like to leave out those three years I lived within a subway ride of the Vet in Philadelphia. And, oh yeah–the Yankees s^ck, but I never got into the partisan rivalry between the Phillies and the Mets. I live closest now to a National League team–the Colorado Rockies–but aside from their Cinderella season in 2007, they’ve been consistent under-performers since they debuted in 1994. (I’ve never been to a game at Coors Field myself–not out of principle, but rather lack of interest.)
So, why can’t the NL manage to win an All-Star game? It hasn’t won since Bill Clinton’s first term in office, and I can’t think of too many other things that have remained so constant since 1996. (Can you?) What are your theories? Yes, I know that the Designated Hitter is widely considered an embarrassment to the AL, but maybe it’s time for a re-think on it for the NL, given the AL’s dominance? It would be nice to turn on the TV next July and see a competitive game.