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All-Star Game reason for subpar Price?

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07:41 AM ET 07.19 | David Price fell on his sword Sunday after a poor outing in the Bronx, but refused to specifically point a finger at the All-Star Game. "I can't blame that. I can only blame myself," Price said after allowing a season-high seven runs over five innings. "I didn't get myself prepared for this game like I should have. So it's time to get back to work." Manager Joe Maddon said he noticed early that Price didn't look as comfortable as he typically does on the mound and wasn't as effective. "David just did not have his best," Maddon said. "He didn't have that same comfortable look about him." ... "My body, I just haven't gone about these last couple days like I should have, and it showed," he said. "So it's my fault."

St. Petersburg Times

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July 19, 2010  09:21 AM ET

Time to move the ASG to after the World Series. Maybe a 3-game series blending all the players together and forget the AL/NL format.

July 19, 2010  09:47 AM ET

If the ASG was AFTER the World Series, then they would be playing in November. Where would they play? It would have to be in the south, or in a domed ballpark. Also, many of the players would be out of shape as it would be more than a month since they last played at the end of September. I think the players/fans/managers should vote and that's it. Don't play the actual game. If you're voted to play, you get a bonus from your team.

July 19, 2010  09:56 AM ET

Nothing unusual. CC and Petitte experienced the same thing. They get back to a routine soon enough.
Same thing said about guys who enter the home run contest. It messes up their swing for a while.
The guy had a bad day. I don't think it was until the third inning that he threw a first ball strike.

July 19, 2010  10:21 AM ET

A lot of pitchers looked out of sorts this week. Halladay got lit up in his start, too. Just another reason why the All-Star game has outlived its usefulness.

July 19, 2010  10:23 AM ET

A lot of pitchers looked out of sorts this week. Halladay got lit up in his start, too. Just another reason why the All-Star game has outlived its usefulness.

July 19, 2010  10:39 AM ET

Eliminate the All-Star game. For that matter eliminate ALL professional sports. They are MEANINGLESS, contribute NOTHING of value to society, enrich and enable the lowest and most worthless members of the populace, and serve only to distract from the pursuits that are truly important. The Roman Empire fell largely due to the fact that it's citizenry became lazy and dumbed-down via an all-consuming obsession with entertainment, spectator sports and other leisure pleasures. The exact same thing has been happening in the US and Europe during the past several decades.

July 19, 2010  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

A lot of pitchers looked out of sorts this week. Halladay got lit up in his start, too. Just another reason why the All-Star game has outlived its usefulness.

Seriously you guys think a 20-30 pitch outing at the ASG ruined their next start? Maybe all the hype and partying they did while they were there, but not 20 pitches.

July 19, 2010  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Eliminate the All-Star game. For that matter eliminate ALL professional sports. They are MEANINGLESS, contribute NOTHING of value to society, enrich and enable the lowest and most worthless members of the populace, and serve only to distract from the pursuits that are truly important. The Roman Empire fell largely due to the fact that it's citizenry became lazy and dumbed-down via an all-consuming obsession with entertainment, spectator sports and other leisure pleasures. The exact same thing has been happening in the US and Europe during the past several decades.

And yet, here you are. Do you go to **** sites and compare Caligula to Obama too? A genius is born every minute. Just not this minute.

July 19, 2010  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Eliminate the All-Star game. For that matter eliminate ALL professional sports. They are MEANINGLESS, contribute NOTHING of value to society, enrich and enable the lowest and most worthless members of the populace, and serve only to distract from the pursuits that are truly important. The Roman Empire fell largely due to the fact that it's citizenry became lazy and dumbed-down via an all-consuming obsession with entertainment, spectator sports and other leisure pleasures. The exact same thing has been happening in the US and Europe during the past several decades.

Every civilization has had some sort of sporting event or events that they followed. They all eventually fell. Really, your theory is that sports are the reason? When the powerful civilizations of today eventually fall they will be replaced by others...who will have sports as well. Keep repeating. Put the history book back on the shelf before you hurt yourself.

July 19, 2010  11:05 AM ET

Seriously you guys think a 20-30 pitch outing at the ASG ruined their next start? Maybe all the hype and partying they did while they were there, but not 20 pitches.

Yes, I do. There is a set routine all starting pitchers go through in between starts - weight lifting, long toss, bull pen session, etc. Anything that interferes with that routine can be detrimental to a pitcher.

July 19, 2010  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Every civilization has had some sort of sporting event or events that they followed. They all eventually fell. Really, your theory is that sports are the reason? When the powerful civilizations of today eventually fall they will be replaced by others...who will have sports as well. Keep repeating. Put the history book back on the shelf before you hurt yourself.

No. My theory is that laziness, an over-emphasis on leisure and entertainment, and a strong sense of entitlement are what led to the premature collapse of the Roman Empire. An obsession with spectator sports was merely a major example. It's a theory based on a great deal of empirical evidence. And the current sports-obsessed, dumbed-down state of American society is no theory, but an obvious fact. Obviously you and Piltdown Rabbit could use some remedial coursework on history and critical thinking...

July 19, 2010  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Seriously you guys think a 20-30 pitch outing at the ASG ruined their next start? Maybe all the hype and partying they did while they were there, but not 20 pitches. Yes, I do. There is a set routine all starting pitchers go through in between starts - weight lifting, long toss, bull pen session, etc. Anything that interferes with that routine can be detrimental to a pitcher.

What a joke. He would have most likely thrown this much in a side session that day anyway!

If he had pitched well, the article would have read: " His work pitching in the ASG helped keep him sharp for this game."

July 19, 2010  11:17 AM ET

The article even says "I can't blame that"... so why print the non story

July 19, 2010  12:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

No. My theory is that laziness, an over-emphasis on leisure and entertainment, and a strong sense of entitlement are what led to the premature collapse of the Roman Empire. An obsession with spectator sports was merely a major example. It's a theory based on a great deal of empirical evidence. And the current sports-obsessed, dumbed-down state of American society is no theory, but an obvious fact. Obviously you and Piltdown Rabbit could use some remedial coursework on history and critical thinking...

And your still a MORON!!!!

July 19, 2010  12:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

No. My theory is that laziness, an over-emphasis on leisure and entertainment, and a strong sense of entitlement are what led to the premature collapse of the Roman Empire. An obsession with spectator sports was merely a major example. It's a theory based on a great deal of empirical evidence. And the current sports-obsessed, dumbed-down state of American society is no theory, but an obvious fact. Obviously you and Piltdown Rabbit could use some remedial coursework on history and critical thinking...

My college degree is in history. I'm very well versed in it. There isn't one nation in the world that doesn't have some sort of sports obsession. According to your ideas, the current world powers would be replaced by another power that emphasizes sports less. What country does not have an obsession with sports? Soccer, baseball, cricket, golf, various forms of racing, etc. are a part of every culture from countries in the G8 to the third world nations. If we believe what you say and the sky is falling for our country based on football and Snookie, than the world would have imploded years ago. There are brilliant people who have lead our country for years despite following "the Mick" and and "The Honeymooners". Most of us know that sports are for leisure and are a part of our lives...it doesn't lead it. Pehaps your critical thinking shouldn't stop at what you can read in a junior scholastic article.

July 19, 2010  12:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

A lot of pitchers looked out of sorts this week. Halladay got lit up in his start, too. Just another reason why the All-Star game has outlived its usefulness.

Mac, what they should do is have a whole week off for the All-Star game so that anybody selected to participate can do so and have a little more time to recover. Three more days wouldn't create a hardship I don't think.

July 19, 2010  12:19 PM ET

How many innings did he pitch in the all star game? Like 2? How does that mess you up plus he had a while to recover. Baseball is all mental and he was prepared mentally. This is not that hard to figure out

July 19, 2010  12:41 PM ET

One inning per pitcher is more than enough. Years ago the starter would go 3 innings. Then again, I would turn off the TV or change channels when the starters began leaving the game by the 6th inning. Oftentimes, the game was decided by a third stringer. Still, the game was an exhibition game and should be treated that way again. Today's format is not realistic. The team with the best win/loss record should have home field advantage or bring it back to alternating leagues. The fans should not vote. This is nothing more than a marketing ploy by MLB. The current makeup to stars is no better than having a fantasy makeup of stars. Lets bring back meritocracy.

July 19, 2010  12:51 PM ET

Oh please, pitching 2 innings isn't going to kill a pitcher. Walter Johnson is looking down laughing.

 
July 19, 2010  01:02 PM ET

so he got hit by the best team in baseball and its cause he pitched the ASG? Maybe its just cause the Yankees had a good game

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