The softball game afterwards was not up to snuff, though. The choices of Erin Andrews and James Denton doing the managing was just awful. They did an awful job of introducing the celebrities. I still couldn't tell you who most of them were, because ESPN didn't bother to tell me. I understand this isn't exactly a marquee franchise for ESPN, or even the All-Star Weekend, but if you're going to do it, don't make it quite so obvious that you're half-assing it. The best times were Kenny Mayne and Harold Reynolds. I understand HR isn't coming back, but Kenny Mayne I think is still employed by ESPN. Let's get him back. Even Mike & Mike were better than last night.
Or maybe it's time to go a new direction. Would anybody be opposed to watching an old-timers game after the home run derby? Or the day before, if you're watching it live. That seems like a much better use of everybody's time. I mean, really, do we tune in to see some washed up actor or Disney star play? Not really. It can be a nice surprise when it turns out they can play, but I wouldn't really miss them if they weren't there. I like the crossover athletes a little better, but again, I wouldn't really miss them. Give me a couple teams of full of Ozzie Smith, Rollie Fingers, Luis Gonzalez, etc. I would watch that. I would rather see them play an old-timers baseball game, but if softball suits them better, I would be fine with that. Surely they can find 20 former players who would love to play for a big crowd once a year and have some fun. Obviously, though, neither ESPN or the main sponsor, Taco Bell, asked my opinion. Maybe they should start.