With the Home Run Derby and the Celebrity Softball Challenge out of the way, there is only one thing left to do, and that’s play the 2010 Major League Baseball All Star Game. The match-up between the best players from the American League and the elite athletes from the National League is always an entertaining outing, and probably the best and liveliest all star game in any major sport. Perhaps that is because there is actually something at stake: The winning league gets home field advantage during the World Series in October.
The National League has gone winless in its last 13 tries (they have gone 0-12-1 in that span), but this year’s squad might be the one to push them over the top. The main reason is because of their pitching, as the National League features sharp hurlers like Ubaldo Jimenez, Tim Lincecum, Tim Hudson, Roy Halladay and Yovani Gallardo (among a host of others). They also have a handful of great bats, like Albert Pujols, Hanley Ramirez, David Wright, Ryan Braun and Corey Hart.
To get you ready for the All Star Game, check out the playlist below. It has some tributes to the four fundamentals of baseball: Throwing (Superchunk’s “Throwing Things”), catching (Fall Out Boy’s “What a Catch, Donnie”), hitting (Treal Lee’s “Mr. Hit Dat”) and running (Coheed and Cambria’s “The Running Free”). There are also some homages to greatness (Michelle Williams’ “The Greatest,” Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights”) and home field advantage (Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home”). But it begins, as all things do, with Smash Mouth.