This year's All-Star Game is being played in Anaheim, Calif., and the broadcast team of Tim McCarver and Joe Buck has the call beginning Tuesday at 8 p.m. on FOX.
I spoke to Buck and McCarver about a number of topics:
Buck on Stephen Strasburg » There's a good crop of young players coming along. Jason Heyward of the Braves is a great example. But Strasburg is at the top of my list because it's rare someone can make people want to go to the stadiums the way he has. People are recognizing a special talent and wanting to see it first-hand. Last Saturday, I saw him in Washington and the place was electric.
McCarver on his favorite memory as a broadcaster » There have been so many great memories. One that comes back to me immediately is Cal Ripken's home run after he was moved from third base to shortstop in Seattle in 2001. In that same game, Tommy Lasorda went out and, while coaching third base, was knocked over. From a comical standpoint, that was great.
There have been many changes to the All-Star Game over the years and McCarver weighed in on his top changes » I think the expansion of rosters makes for a better game; it's relieved the managers of some of the pressure. Having both teams play with a DH no matter where the game is makes a lot of sense. No one watches an All-Star Game to see a pitcher hit. And whether you agree or disagree with the home-field advantage for the World Series being awarded to the winning league, it has caused a lot of controversy and a lot of talk. It has been better for the game than it was prior to being instituted.
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