The 85th edition of the Midsummer Classic will pop onto your local Fox affiliate at 6:00 PM tonight, and if their track record is any indication that means that the first pitch should be thrown by AL starter Felix Hernandez at some point around 7 AM tomorrow morning. That'll give Joe Buck & Co. ample opportunity to talk about each and every one of Derek Jeter's starts, hits, girlfriends, and cleats for a segment, and if we're lucky that will include a blurb about Todd Frazier's 1998 photo with Jetes after he won the Little League World Series.
Did you know Todd Frazier and his Toms River, NJ team won the 1998 Little League World Series? Well, Todd Frazier and his Toms River, NJ team won the 1998 Little League World Series. Then, Young Jetes got a photo snapped of him and Younger Todd and the rest is/was history.
You probably won't hear much about that, though. You may, however, hear all about Target Field and the host Minneapolis Twins.
None of the five Reds selected for this year's game will be in the starting lineup for the Senior Circuit, unfortunately, though each of Todd Frazier, Devin Mesoraco, Alfredo Simon, and Aroldis Chapman should be available to some extent for NL manager Mike Matheny's disposal. Johnny Cueto, on the other hand, has been relegated to a toss-seeds-at-interviewed-players role for the evening, but at least that'll allow him to have a nice little break for awhile, and to eat some seeds.
As a reminder, this game is for all the World Series home field advantage marbles, so get your popcorn ready.
Go NL! They're my favorite league!
I'd tell you that lineups were after the jump, but this is the new and improved SBNation. That's so two-thousand and non-united. Here's a link to the entire squads, though, with lineups below.
1. CF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
2. RF Yasiel Puig, Dodgers
3. SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
4. 1B Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
5. DH Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
6. 3B Aramis Ramirez, Brewers
7. 2B Chase Utley, Phillies
8. C Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
9. LF Carlos Gomez, Brewers
1. SS Derek Jeter, Yankees
2. LF Mike Trout, Angels
3. 2B Robinson Cano, Mariners
4. 1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
5. RF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
6. DH Nelson Cruz, Orioles
7. CF Adam Jones, Orioles
8. 3B Josh Donaldson, A's
9. C Salvador Perez, Royals
p Felix Hernandez, Mariners