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A few All-Star thoughts

Blogging live from the Westin-St. Francis Hotel near Union Square, sight of the All-Star media activities, and gonna keep it quick this morning, because media duties will soon call.

— Great choice by AL manager Jim Leyland to start the A’s Dan Haren in the All-Star Game. I know there was some sentiment for Vallejo’s C.C. Sabathia, but the majority of Bay Area baseball fans care about their teams, not invididuals from their area. Haren has been the AL’s most consistent starting pitcher this season, and he also lives year ’round in Walnut Creek. Last I checked, that’s a lot closer to San Francisco than Vallejo.

— Interestingly enough, the last A’s pitcher to start an All-Star Game was Mark Mulder in 2004 at Houston. Funny how Haren has become everything Mulder was supposed to be, and Mulder’s career is in limbo pending how effective he is upon his return from shoulder surgery.

— The AL showered Mulder with six runs in the firset inning of his start. Haren won’t get the same. Not with San Diego’s Jake Peavy throwing his darts at the AL. With all the news over Haren starting, Jake Peavy might’ve had the most peaceful morning an All-Star starter has ever had. He won’t make things peaceful for the AL hitters. I can guarantee you that.

— Barry Bonds hitting second in manager Tony La Russa’s National League lineup was the subject of much news. But does it really matter where a guy hits in an All-Star Game? I mean, Willie Mays once hit leadoff.

— Eavesdropped on a portion of Barry Bonds’ press conference, and he is nothing if not entertaining. Talked to and observed several of the press confererences between the NL players and media, and save for perhaps Ken Griffey Jr., none had the give-and-take that the Bonds one had.

rhurd