It was once called "The Midsummer Classic."
When the best hitters were still around in the ninth inning and the top pitchers were allowed pitch three innings the annual baseball All-Star game was must-see TV.
Now its takes a special farewell salute for the to soon-to-retire Derek Jeter, the modern-day Pride of the Yankees, to get me to tune in the game.
Last year it was the retiring Mariano Rivera, arguably the best closer of all-time, that kept us awake until the ninth inning.
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I love these moments of nostalgia, but what will be the attraction next year?
What you will never again see in an All-Star game is:
No chance for any of that with rosters gradually expanded from 25 to 34 players and managers who don't want to offend anyone, hell-bent to get everyone into the game.
I do not mean in any way to diminish the tribute to Jeter. In my view, he is right up there with Gehrig, the orginal Pride of the Yankees.
Like Gehrig, Jeter is a true gentleman and credit to the game. As expected he handled it all with humility Tuesday night. Jeter is a class act in a sports world where such athletes are not easy to find.
Other Yankee greats like Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle had character flaws that would be more evident if they played today in this "no one gets a pass" media frenzy. Does the name Alex Rodriguez ring a bell?
There was a time during the early days of the Steroids Era when Barry Bonds' home run record initially was being questioned. Then baseball commissioner Bud Selig was hoping that A-Rod would pass Bonds' mark.
Selig went as far as calling Rodriguez the new face of baseball.
We all know how that turned out.
Now Selig, in talking to USA Today this week about Jeter's legacy as a role model, said:
"If you were sitting around two decades ago and wondered who you'd want to be the face of baseball, you couldn't have written a script like this."
This time the commissioner is right.