IN WHICH I AGREE WITH JOE MORGAN
Joe Morgan takes more flack than most broadcasters. My opinion is that most of it is well-earned. But I couldn’t agree more with what he said about the All-Star Game:
“Part of the reason the game doesn’t bring that energy is it’s a different game now. Now it’s considered an exhibition, where as before it was considered life and death. If you had Willie Mays and those guys with the attitude that they had playing now, you’d have that same awareness.
I don’t say the players don’t play hard. Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying here. I’m saying that before, Willie Mays might play the whole game. Hank Aaron might play the whole game. Now it’s, you know, two innings, three innings and everything is changed. By the sixth inning or something, you do not have the same type of stars in the game that you had before.”
The economics of the game have exploded since the 70′s, so I doubt will ever again see a play like Pete Rose barreling through Ray Fosse at the plate. Nor do you get to see the same batter battle the same pitcher 3 times. But I still enjoy it and I’ll still watch it.
Morgan says, “Unless the players buy into it, it doesn’t matter what you say,” he said. “You can say, ‘This one counts,’ you can say anything you want, but the players are the ones that make the game, not the marketing.”