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The All-Star game yesterday was long, but it was a hell of a lot of fun.  You can often tell a great game (especially a game whose specific outcome isn’t all that important to you) by how often, and how dramatically, the pendulum of fate swung back and forth between the two teams.  This game yesterday certainly fit that bill.  I can’t even imagine how miniscule the odds of the AL not scoring during those first 5 extra innings were.  They had the bases loaded with no outs once, a lead-off double and then a runner on third with one out once,  a whole bunch of errors in their favor, etc., etc.

No game-changing contributions from Cubbie All-Stars, but some highlights.  Aramis got on with a walk, Big Z struck out 1 and gave up 1 hit in 2 innings, Marmol struck out 2 in a hitless inning, and Dempster struck out the side.

It is a shame that the NL couldn’t quite survive the 15th.  It seems like we would’ve seen some position player pitching, and even mass mayhem ensuing.

I guess our Cubs will have to overcome the road disadvantage, but hey, we’ve overcome things before, haven’t we?

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Written by ollie

17 July 2008 at 7:25 am

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