The first real job I had was soliciting donations for the local police charities. I had gotten the job shortly after graduating from high school and I remember the thing that bothered me most about having to go to work was I was going to have to miss that year's All-Star game.
So as my best friends gathered to watch the "mid-summer classic," I was stuck calling people on the phone, asking if they wanted to make a donation.
While my memories of youth are often dark, this particular one makes me wish I had another job that might require me to work Tuesday night. You see, after the ridiculous spin New York Yankees manager Joe Torre has put on this year's game, I simply have no desire to watch.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Joe seems to do this each and every year he is given the privilege of selecting the American League All-Star squad. Unfortunately for the average baseball fan, Joe gets the opportunity to select the AL All-Star team quite often as it seems his Yankees are usually winning the World Series and baseball tradition states the managers of the teams that make it to the World Series get to select their league's all-stars. Thus, each year we are stuck with the Andy Pettites, Mike Stantons and Bernie Williamses of the world taking spots from more deserving players.