The Mid-Summer Classic... once again it has come and gone, and once again the American League managed to pull off a victory (after nearly five hours). It was only fitting that it was won in an American League park, Yankee Stadium, in the year it's going to be retired to a newly constructed building in the back yard.
The highlight of the night had to be hearing the boos from the crowd as Jonathan Papelbon, a.k.a. Papelbum in a New York paper, allowed a run in his stint on the mound. Being a slight Yankee fan, it was good to see a Red Sox player leave a game with discomforting chants from the crowd.
The AL once again holds the keys to the playoffs and home field advantage. Count 'em 12 in-a-row. It should be a wild ride until October. Hopefully the Redbirds can work some magic and find themselves in a position to play in the post season.
After spending most of the day Monday at the Sikeston Country Club covering the Junior PGA, I was rewarded with a chance to catch up with Blake DeWitt, who was home on the All-Star break. DeWitt is still the same guy, just laid back and down to earth. It's good to see him doing well and it'll be great to see him spend some time in St. Louis as the Dodgers come to town the first week of August. I'm sure I'll see most of you there, I'll be in Section 158.
That'll do for baseball this week, let's talk about football a little bit more.
Last week I dove into college football, but this week, with all the Brett Favre drama going on I think it's fitting that I comment on the situation.
I was going to insert a witty John Madden quote on Brett Favre here, but after hearing him ramble on about Favre for the past decade I can't seem to find a favorite. I love them all.
I've got to be honest, I hated to see the guy retire, and I'd probably hate to see him in any colors other than Green Bay's beloved green and yellow, but if he lands elsewhere, I'll probably check his new team out more often than not. This guy is still good and he's considered old and outdated as far as professional sports is concerned. The drama is probably just starting so hold on to your caps, it may get wild.
In local news, district tournament play in Senior Babe Ruth and American Legion will begin tomorrow in Farmington for Sr. Babe and in Jackson for Legion. The Squirrels, along with New Madrid County, are looking for a championship to get them prepared for the Midwest Plains Regional which they'll be hosting later this month. As for American Legion, Dunklin County is going to give everybody a run for their money in Jackson but Scott County has already proven this season that they can hang them an L. It has all the makings for a good tournament.
I'll be making rounds at the tourneys coming up this week and next, and in the mean time I'll be out Friday adding another kiddo to my wallet photos as my wife is scheduled to give birth to our second son. I'll see you next week, fresh diapers and all.