Can you say ludicrous? The National League is the road team in San Diego - a National League city - in the all-star game Tuesday night.
Why? Because Major League Baseball wants to 'showcase' its new parks in the all-star game (point 2 in this link) so the next four games are in NL parks but twice - including Tuesday night's game - the American League will be the home team.
All well and good, if the game was essentially meaningless, which all-star games - while an honor for the players and a chance for fans to see all the great players - are.
But the baseball all-star game, alas, isn't meaningless. The winning league gets home field advantage in the World Series (prior to 2003 home field in the Series alternated, see point 4 in this link). So while baseball folk say their game is the best of the four major sports, the fact remains MLB is using an exhibition game to determine home field for its marquee playoff event.
Baseball fans and media believe their all-star game is best because it most resembles a real game with few if any special rules or gimmicks as is the case in the NFL, NHL and NBA. True. But again, the MLB all-star game, what with its multiple and myriad substitutions, including pitchers, is not like a real game. And now MLB is making it worse by having the real home team be the road team twice in the next four years. What, MLB doesn't think people can wait to see the new parks? Or see them on TV or on the web through the myriad means technology now gives us?
To have this type of contest determine home field for the World Series is absurd.