Midsummer Badassery

The starters for the 2008 All Star game have been chosen.

Milwaukee Brewers ace Ben Sheets (pictured above right resembling a GQ fashion model) will be given the ball by Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle for the National League, marking not only his first All-Star start, but his first trip to Yankee Stadium. He is 10-3 with a 2.85 ERA on the season for the Beermakers, who have never had a pitcher start the All-Star game.
"It’s the best lineup that I’ve ever written down on paper," Hurdle said.
He'll attempt to stop an incredible skid in which the National League hasn't won the All-Star game since 1996, which also happened to be the last time a Cleveland Indians pitcher (Charles Nagy) started for the American League.

Speaking of the Tribe, Boston Red Sox skipper Terry Francona will look to lights-out Indians lefty Cliff Lee to start for the AL after he dominated the first half of the season just a year since being demoted to the minors. Lee is 12-2 with a 2.31 ERA at the break after holding down an 0.67 ERA over his first seven starts.

Below are the batting orders as chosen by their respective managers.

AL Lineup

RF Ichiro Suzuki
SS Derek Jeter
CF Josh Hamilton
3B Alex Rodriguez
LF Manny Ramirez
DH Milton Bradley
1B Kevin Youkilis
C Joe Mauer
2B Dustin Pedroia

NL Lineup

SS Hanley Ramirez
2B Chase Utley
1B Lance Berkman
DH Albert Pujols
3B Chipper Jones
RF Matt Holliday
LF Ryan Braun
CF Kosuke Fukudome
C Geovany Soto
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Megs said...

Two incredibly tough rosters, but the NL doesn't have a chance.

Camp Tiger Claw said...

"It’s the best lineup that I’ve ever written down on paper," Hurdle said.

But once he carved a better one into the back of his mother's cutting board with a wood burning kit.

Jason said...

Chipper with an All Star hit!