Jeter: All-Star Game shouldn’t count
Plenty going on here in St. Louis, where the American League and National League have announced their lineups for tomorrow’s All-Star Game. Roy Halladay will get the ball for the A.L. and Tim Lincecum is on the mound for the N.L.
I’m working on a full story about Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera making their 10th trips to the Midsummer Classic, but here’s a nugget that just didn’t fit in from today’s media session. Jeter once again said that the All-Star Game shouldn’t count for home field advantage in the World Series.
“I don’t like that,” Jeter said. “I just don’t think this should determine home field advantage. I’ve said that year in and year out. I think it adds some excitement and more people pay attention to the game, maybe, but I don’t think it’s necessarily a situation where players play harder because of it. Even when the game didn’t matter, players came and played hard.”
Jeter’s suggestion is that the team with the best record at the end of the season should determine home field advantage. He has no idea if expecting a change is realistic.
“You might want to ask the Commissioner,” Jeter said. “I’m just giving you my opinion.”
For what it’s worth, Joe Maddon said that he is going with the idea. He just wishes the Rays had taken advantage of it last October.