Some controversy has erupted over the selection of Giants ace Matt Cain to start tonight's All-Star Game over New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. This is a transcendentally stupid matter to get worked up over. If this game was meaningful and important, it wouldn't be held in Kansas City.
Major League Baseball has done its utmost to demonstrate to us that only suckers get worked up about the All-Star Game. Now that, ludicrously, this game decides which team will receive home-field advantage for the World Series, it seems even sillier to debate about who should start. A more relevant debate would be who plays at all. And who finishes.
But we've fallen into our own trap. Hopefully no one is physically or mentally scarred tonight. Because, for San Francisco Giants pitchers, that tends to happen all too often.
You could go back to 1961, when a blast of Candlestick Park wind induced Stu Miller to commit the — by default — most memorable balk in All-Star history. But, for brevity's sake, let's pick up this story in 1983. Some of you already know where this is going.