Being an All-Star is an efficient feeling, or at the very least I’d assume so. Clearly, I’ve by no means been named an MLB All-Star, however the affirmation that you’re in truth one of many recreation’s finest gamers, attending to line up alongside a number of legends, and have that star subsequent to your identify in your Baseball-Reference web page needs to be among the best emotions on the earth. To not point out, you’ll be able to leverage your All-Star standing throughout your subsequent contract negotiation. Groups will coddle you, inform you you’re fairly, and give you a hefty sum of money to affix/stick with their workforce…aside from the Oakland A’s.
In accordance with the workforce’s All-Star, pitcher Paul Blackburn (6-5, 3.62 ERA), the A’s had been planning on flying him to Los Angeles on a industrial flight. In all equity, Paul Blackburn is not any celeb. He might stroll right into a high-end restaurant in Oakland and most of the people there can be none the wiser, so flying industrial wouldn’t get him bombarded with followers searching for the All-Star’s autograph. That stated, he’s nonetheless an All-Star and deserves to be handled as such. The Astros clearly know this, as a result of as quickly as they’d heard of the A’s transgression in opposition to their finest participant, they provided to fly Blackburn to LA on their personal constitution aircraft.
That’s Houston, one of many A’s division rivals, setting apart their dislike for anybody in Oakland to assist out Blackburn. Clearly, it didn’t value the Astros a lot time or effort. They had been already in Oakland for his or her last sequence previous to the All-Star break. All it value the Astros was the steep value of being first rate individuals and one spot on their personal aircraft, which I’m certain had numerous house given that there have been solely 5 different gamers on that aircraft.
It’s (very) exhausting to cheer for the Astros, however this was an A+ transfer. I nonetheless don’t like them, however I can’t assist however transfer them above the Athletics on my record of favourite ball golf equipment. They deserve a sluggish clap, light nod, and a cup of high quality whiskey raised for this transfer. Possibly I’ll begin letting that 2017 World Sequence title slide a bit bit. All of us make errors generally.
The A’s presently have the second-worst report in MLB, forward of solely the Washington Nationals. Blackburn has been one of many only a few vibrant spots for the A’s and their followers. It’s no secret that the A’s have been chopping prices in an effort to go away their cesspool of a stadium. Nonetheless, going full Rachel Phelps in “Main League” and forcing your All-Stars into the worst conditions doable was not one thing I had on my 2022 MLB bingo card.
I do know this may pressure me a number of Hail Marys in confession this weekend, however I’m going to say it anyway. Good on you, Astros! You noticed somebody in want and provided a serving to hand. You’ve earned my respect, and I hope none of your gamers get booed once they take the sphere tonight (doubt it, although).
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