It’s one of the most iconic plays in sports.
Pete Rose — roaring down the third baseline, shoulder lowered, full head of steam — collided head-on with the catcher, dislodging the baseball and propelling the National League to a dramatic 12th-inning victory in the 1970 All-Star game.
The play has been engrained in baseball lore for ages. There was Rose epitomizing his nickname, Charlie Hustle, on one of baseball’s biggest stages.
Since that moment more than 40 years ago, the fire and passion of the All-Star game has burned out quickly. The event has become more of a spectacle than a sport, hitting a low point in 2002 when the game unceremoniously ended in an 11-inning tie, prompting the fans in Milwaukee to hurl beer bottles onto the field in disgust.
In an attempt to rekindle the old spirit of the All-Star game, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and the MLB Players Union agreed to have the 2003 All-Star game decide home-field advantage and rebranded the event with the tag line “This Time it Counts.”
The question is, should it?
There is no question that the level of play leaves something to be desired. Apathetic attitudes are prevalent in All-Star games across sports. NFL players routinely skip the Pro Bowl or play so half-heartedly that Commissioner Roger Goodell has considered canceling the “game.” Likewise, the NBA All-Star game promises to be a laugher with less defense than a WVU football game.
It’s one of the most iconic plays in sports.
Pirates shut out by Reds’ Cueto, 4-0
Johnny Cueto was on his game, and the only thing that the Pirates could do was watch.
Cueto pitched his third career shutout against the team that beat him in the NL wild card game, and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer that led the Cincinnati Reds over the Pirates 4-0 Wednesday for their first winning series this season.
Pirates finish off suspended game, fall in nightcap
Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, ending Gerrit Cole’s winning streak and leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed two days full of homers and delays.
Sanchez throws away easy out, Bucs lose to Brewers
Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez has practiced the play many times. Scoop a pitch in the dirt on a strikeout, make the throw to first base for an easy out.
Brewers edge Pirates for 8th straight win
Carlos Gomez hit a leadoff homer, Jonathan Lucroy drove in the tiebreaking run with an eighth-inning single and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Saturday night for their eighth consecutive victory.
Gomez got Milwaukee started with a 432-foot drive to center field off Edinson Volquez, and Khris Davis scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0 in the second.
Brewers win 7th straight, beat Pirates, 4-2
Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run homer that backed Wily Peralta, and the Milwaukee Brewers extended their winning streak to seven with a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
Francisco Liriano befuddled the Brewers with his slider over the first three innings before Ramirez sent a 1-2 fastball over the left-field wall for a 2-0 lead.
Alvarez, Pirates hold off Cubs
Pedro Alvarez stepped to the plate ready to strike in a big spot.
Once again, he delivered.
Alvarez hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run seventh inning and Jason Grilli retired Emilio Bonifacio on a bases-loaded grounder to end the game, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.
Cubs survive five Pirate homers
Jason Hammel threw seven strong innings, Anthony Rizzo had four hits, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 on Wednesday night despite allowing five solo home runs.
Signed to a one-year, $6 million contract over the offseason, Hammel (2-0) won his Cubs debut when he beat the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
Pirates slip past Cardinals for 2-1 victory
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Right-hander Jameson Taillon, considered the Pittsburgh Pirates’ top pitching prospect, will have Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire season and likely part of 2015.
Cards beat Bucs, 6-1, to even series
Francisco Liriano spent most of the first inning trying to figure out where his fastball was going.
The St. Louis Cardinals certainly looked like they knew.
The defending National League champions hit the Pittsburgh ace early then pulled away late for a 6-1 win on Saturday night.
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