…aka All-Star Game flavor.
I took a bunch of pictures today and was all set to put up a photo gallery of sights from the All-Star Game. Good stuff, too — a hot-air balloon, the Goodyear blimp, Bonds taking BP, a view from the press box and lots more. Then I couldn’t get my camera to sync up via USB with my laptop. So you’ll have to wait until I can get home and do it on my home computer. Ah well. That’ll be something to post while I’m not in Philly.
Anyway, it really has been a fun day. Tuesday is the best day of the week for those of us covering the events, because it’s the one day when there’s not much going on during the day. You can get out and wander a bit.
I think my favorite sight of the day was a father and son walking up O’Farrell Street, right outside my hotel, this morning. Dad was in a gray flannel Sandy Koufax Dodgers jersey — No. 32, no name, very sharp. Kid was in a shiny new white No. 9 Dodgers jersey, for Juan Pierre, but with his own name on it. I’m sure they got a few looks walking around San Francisco in Dodger stuff, but it was really cool. Gets right at all the corny stuff that I love about baseball.
Today is a fun day for the players, too. They’re all signing stuff for each other, trading stuff, hanging out and having a good time. It’s neat to see guys who aren’t teammates completely hit it off — Ben Sheets and Roy Oswalt were giving each other a hard time like they’d been playing on the same team together for 10 years. Team photos are today, and of course BP on the field, which all the fans dig.
The game starts in an hour or so, and no matter what anyone says, it’s still one of my favorite events of the year. If you grew up loving baseball — and heaven knows I did — you have tons of cool All-Star memories, and it’s an absolute privilege to be here. As I wrote yesterday, wish you all could be here, and I hope you all get to go when it’s in StL.