All-Star Game Is Another National (League) Shame

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2009 12:24 PM CDT
All-Star Game Is Another National (League) Shame
From left, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Charlie Manuel watch the ninth inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game in St. Louis last night.   (AP Photo)

After a 12th consecutive All-Star Game loss last night, even “Charlie Brown thinks the National League stinks,” writes Jeff Passan for Yahoo Sports. And in the 2002 tie that interrupted that streak, the senior circuit blew a 4-0 lead. If indeed the teams are evenly matched, and each has a coin-flip’s chance of winning, the likelihood of such a skid is .000244140625, Passan calculates.

Even President Obama piled on last night: “Three, four years, you can say it’s just happenstance, but it starts to get to be a trend when you’re starting to go on 12 years. What’s going on?” NL stalwart Trevor Hoffman thinks Obama should step in. “If he limits their roster to two players, and maybe let us pick the two, we might have a chance,” he suggested. (Read more MLB All-Star Game stories.)

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