Over at Esquire, I’ve got a piece on the new Jeter ESPN docu-series that is both formulaic and self-serving while also being entertaining and as revealing a look at Jeter by Jeter that we’ve yet to see. Jeter comes off as guarded but also plain-spoken and funny.
Really hope can see this over here soon.
ASG on, have always enjoyed the player intros, and it's been an eventful first inning already. Ohtani got picked off by Kershaw, Acuna doubled and scored, acrobatic double play the AL, homer by Goldschmidt.
enjoying the all star game so far, usually don't pay much attention to it but dodger stadium is so lovely and works well as a setting (its always odd when they try to do a forced thing in cleveland or dallas or something). our guys have struck out so far.
alacantra looked incredible-- not sure ive seen him pitch before but what a graceful presence on the mound.
Am I the only one that thinks the legacy picks are lame? Neither one deserve to be there and really haven't for years.
 Hmm..can't agree there, I love the legacy picks. Much rather see HOFers like Pujols and Cabrera one more time instead of some random half-season anomaly (no offense Nestor C!)
 I think Dodger Stadium is the most beautiful park in the MLB.
100 percent agree on dodger stadium-- both inside the park and the way it plays out within the city, driving by in LA when it emerges out on top of the hill. puts the new yankee stadium to shame
 yup. They are stars. Even in his last season I’d want to see Ruth. Heck, even Gehrig even though he retired before the time of the year when the ASG would be played.
so nice to see stanton do that at dodger stadium-- some world series foreshadowing :)
Wow, Stanton went deeeeeeeeep, 457ft! That's even out at Death Valley in Yankee Stadium I
I watched episode last #1 last night. It was a nice trip down memory lane. Even my wife got into it. Jeter is a year older than I am and we shared the same dream. Dag. Just amazing.
 Dodger Stadium is nice, but I'd say it's only the third nicest park in the state. Petco Park in San Diego is gorgeous, and the park in San Francisco (whatever it's called nowadays) is the best ballpark I've ever visited. Like I said, Dodger Stadium is nice, but there's nothing memorable about it. It's not as generic as places like Riverfront or Three Rivers or Busch, but it's from that same era of symmetrical cookie-cutter stadiums which just aren't that interesting to me. When you leave Dodger Stadium, I just don't think there's anything that stands out, nothing that will stick in your memory. There's also the dark history of how the land was acquired, but I don't hold that against the structure.
Here's something I wrote about Petco:
I could've sworn I had also written about our trip to see the Yankees play the Giants in 2019, but apparently not.
 Yes, the history of the park is indeed terrible. You know the Ry Cooder album he did about Chavez Ravine?
I think my one visit there was just so perfect, a Sunday afternoon sitting between first and RF in lower deck, seeing the palm trees and the skies, just so 'California' for an east coast guy, really loved it!
 Another trip down memory lane! Thanks for sharing again. This time I paid closer attention to your box score. Some good notes in there. lol....
 Yes, the day you go on can have an impact, that's for sure. On our trip to San Francisco, we got to talk to Bernie Williams, who couldn't have been nicer ("He was talking to you like you were friends," explained my son), the weather was picture-postcard gorgeous, Sánchez hit a ball to the Coke bottle in left, and the Yankees won in a rout. Good times.
Listening to the conversation between Nestor and Treviño is tons of fun. They're not just chatting, they're calling pitches. Awesome stuff. Also, Treviño is ridiculously nice, congratulating each hitter as he comes to the plate.
I’m generally down on most top-down ish that MLB proffers but I’m enjoying this game tonight as much as anything since the Dyersville game last summer. Manoah miked up while pitching was extremely entertaining.
I’m mid 40s so acknowledge that baseball is probably screwed long term but I’ll take what I can get in the meantime.
Lastly, as a dad of two girls and a youth soccer coach, Mal Pugh winning CONCACAF last night then hanging with AS partner Dansby Swanson today is about as American as you can get and I love it. USWNT are approaching Yankee status in my house and I will not apologize.
Last position player for AL is France. Empty the bench!
went for a walk and missed the nestor/trevino chat, hope i am able to watch that back somewhere. most enjoyable all star game/broadcast ive seen for a while. i still cant stand john smoltz, but nice that theres no more joe buck calling these.
 Agreed, really enjoyed this one. Smoltz though..does ANYone actually enjoy his announcing? He sounds like a golf announcer, just total lack of charisma or enthusiasm..
I want the AL to win, but it would be fun to see a mini HR derby, too.
It’s funny. When I was a kid I was HIGHLY invested in the All-Star game, and sadly that was during the 70s when the N.L. was thoroughly dominant. I still remember how excited I was when the A.L. finally got a big win, in 1983 maybe. Fred Lynn and others beat up on Atlee Hammacker.
So the little boy in me really enjoys this nine-game streak.
 I think that game was in Chicago. My uncle got us tickets to the old-timers game the day before, I believe. I remember sitting on Harold Baines' lap for some reason. I guess maybe we got to take pictures with him.
Is it weird that I'm every bit a Yankee fan, and completely appreciative of Jeter, but can't summon the enthusiasm to watch a multi-part hagiography?
Maybe it's age, though plenty of other people who feel differently are my age. There's not really any mystery there for me. I watched Jeter's career unfold in real time starting with glimpses of him in the minors when you'd drive to Scranton once or twice a year to catch the Clippers in town.
Sure: A great story about a great baseball guy. But little more so in my reckoning than The Bernie Williams Story, The Paul O'Neill Story, The Mariano Rivera Story...
Also I'm just peevish enough that whenever some 20-something starts gushing about THUH CAPTAIN, I'm inclined to remind him about a couple of gentlemen name of Munson and Gehrig.
 I felt much the same way, but found myself absorbed after giving the first episode a go. There is some nice insight into other people around the team, Stick Michael and Buck Showalter for instance, and some really nice footage that has my memory going back.
Mmm, afternoon baseball when it’s too hot to do anything outside.
Hmmm, bunting as a strategy.
How about a couple of runs.
Gallo fouls off a meatball and then watches two off-speed pitches right down the pipe to strike out. Gah.
Falafel ties it up!
Gallo and not Stanton?
Slow torture. Dammit!
German looks rusty.
This is a fine way to start the 2nd half of the season.
Sigh. I hate the Astros.
The Yankees will win 104 games and I'll have 0% confidence they will beat the Astros in the playoffs :(
 Yeah, it's a shame.
I would not bet one yen on them taking 3 out of 5 or 4 out of 7 from the Astros. Not now and especially not in the post season.
I think the only way we get past them is for some other team to knock them out first.