Because the game was so lopsided, there isn't a whole lot else for me to talk about today. But, I do have something here. I have my scorecards from last night's game I'd like to share. This is something I've been doing for a while now. I started it in college. For those those that don't know my history, I went to Wabash College. Part of their program is a "freshman tutorial," which is a class on something, usually not terribly academic, just to get new students into the flow of a college course. Mine was on baseball, which I'm sure comes as a shock. One of the first assignments in that class was to watch a game on TV and keep score. Then you were to write a game story on it.
I think I just happened to stumble on the Expos and Braves* before they got started. But, I thought, this game is on, why not do this one? I don't remember too much about that game other than the Braves won, the Expos couldn't even draw flies, and Paul Byrd was on a tear. So that was the focus of my game story. I would join the Bachelor** staff the next semester and spend most of my time there covering/managing sports.
*This was back in the good old days when the Braves were on TBS every day, much like the Cubs were on WGN every day. The poor White Sox were mostly delegated to Fox Sports Net Chicago (now Comcast SportsNet Chicago). Funny how so much of that has changed in less than a decade.
**Wabash's school newspaper.
So, yeah, that's something I've kept up, and I would highly recommend giving a go sometime. I feel like I have a deeper connection and understanding of the game I'm watching when I do it. I've tried doing it at the stadium,* but there are too many other distractions there. So, yeah, this is a good one for the couch.
*I've tried doing it since, but we were required to do this when our baseball class took a trip to see the Reds and Pirates on the last day of the season. This was back when both teams were terrible, and the school didn't get Cubs tickets early enough to find our way to Wrigley. I would have chosen that class anyway, but I would be lying if I didn't say the chance to go to Wrigley on the school's dollar wasn't a big factor.
The All Star Game, of course, presents a challenge when keeping score. And I mean that in a good way. All the changes make it tough to follow. Here are my attempts. As always, click for a larger version if you need it. I think they actually came through pretty clearly.
In closing, poor Adam Dunn. There was no reason he shouldn't have gotten an at bat.