2016 MLB All Star Game Preview

2016 MLB All Star Game Preview

A few thoughts heading into the Mid Summer Classic
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The mid summer classic is always a fun time for the players and the fans as well. It is a great time to get away from playing league games and to play against other fan voted players. There are a lot of details to discuss heading into this one including lineups, venue, fan voting and other factors.

Venue- Petco Park

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Petco Park is a beautiful stadium located right in Downtown San Diego making it a fan favorite to watch a game at. The backdrop of tall buildings makes it an incredible venue to take in a game. They have also made a few advancements to the stadium just to enhance fan experience for the All Star Game this year.

A.L. Starters

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Once again, Mike Trout will be headlining the American League in what could be his best season yet. 4 members of the Red Sox cracked the starting lineup. Big Papi will DH in what will be his last All Star Game. Jackie Bradley Jr. has put together an incredible comeback and will be starting in the outfield. Another notable is Jose Altuve who will be at 2B. He has had an incredible season and his average has been fluctuating around .350 for awhile now. Some of the notable pitchers include Marco Estrada of the Blue Jays, Cole Hamels of the Rangers, Corey Kluber of the Indians, and Chris Sale of the White Sox.

N.L. Starters

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Well you already know the story about how the fans voted the N.L. lineup. The Chicago Cubs will man the entire infield and while they may not all deserve to start, that is how the fans voted them. So shoutout to Chicago fans for getting your boys in. Bryce Harper has had an up and down season but he will be starting in the outfield regardless. Buster Posey will be catching as he has once again put up great numbers up to this far. The pitchers are predictable as well. Arrieta, Bumgarner, and Kershaw are just a few highlights on the pitching staff for the national league. One story among the N.L. reserves is Paul Goldschmidt. Goldy slumped throughout a lot of the first half but really picked it up heading into mid season and was still able to make the All Star game roster.

Many are outraged about this Cubs infield situation but you have to remember that this is a fan voted process. Fans have the power to vote and there is no reason to be mad towards Major League Baseball. I'm looking forward to a great game and I hope you are too!



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7 Lies From F*ckboys That We've All Fallen For At Least Once

They might've had you goin' for a hot second, but you know better now.
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There’s no use in even frontin’; we’ve all been there. You know he’s a f*ckboy from the beginning, but you’re interested in pursuing him anyway. Ain't no thang; I fully support you.

You tell yourself you won’t fall for his games or lies because you’ve been through it all so many times before. Yet, time and time again, you find yourself slippin’ for a hot second, wanting to give him the benefit of the doubt until he inevitably disappoints you. Here are the top seven lies you’ve heard from f*ckboys that get you heated every time.

1. You’re the only girl I’m talking to/sleeping with


HAHAHA. OK, first, I don't actually care what (or who) you're doing in your spare time because you're definitely not the only guy I'm seeing either. I'm just asking so I know you're clean, OK? I don't need more stress in my life.

2. I know how to treat girls right

Isn't it super ironic how the WORST f*ckboys are the ones to toss this line?

3. I’ll text you

This statement is so unbelievable that on the off chance that they do actually text you, you basically fall out of your chair in shock.

4. I’m gonna give it to you good

I cry/cringe/die of laughter every time I hear this one because it's always the mediocre ones that throw this line. None of my most memorable hookups have ever said this because their actions clearly speak for them. Mediocre boys, TAKE NOTE.

5. Damn, I wanted to see you though

Well, you were supposed to, but then you clearly had other plans in mind. So the desire wasn’t all that intense, obviously.

6. Yeah, she and I broke up

CLASSIC LIE. CLASSIC. Sure, I believed it the first couple of times, but don’t even try that sh*t with me after I see she’s still blowin’ up your line.

7. *No response for hours after making plans* Damn, sorry I fell asleep


Honestly, how many times are you gonna throw that line when you’re literally viewable on Snap Map. BOY, I see you at someone else’s house. Stop frontin’, there’s no point.


Again, don't ask me why we put up with this sh*t because the mystery remains. I guess in our own sick, twisted ways, we crave the dramatics and thrills that come from their f*ckery. Whatever the reason, though, at least we've got some ~fun~ stories to tell.

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“All-inclusive” Sports Do More Harm Than Good

The real world requires skill sets and diligence, not a degree in complaining about “fairness.”
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Our school years have an enormous impact on the way we grow as we get older. Who we turn out to be depends greatly (although not entirely) on how we are brought up and what we experience between the ages of 4 and 18. Without realizing it everything we face affects our futures; getting us ready to thrive on our own. One of the most significant things we experience growing is the possibility of failure and the need to improve. High school sports and interactive clubs are coincidentally the primary source of experience for this necessary life lesson.

High school extracurriculars such as clubs and club sports are all-inclusive, a way to enjoy a hobby without being “cut” and to experience and delve into different ideas. Clubs are important in that they help shape our values and thought processes without the “tough love” aspect but instead as an equal group of members.

High school sports and teams are not the same thing nor should they be. Most high school sports involve tryouts and result in some participants to get cut from consideration, or in some cases are placed between “A” and “B” teams based on talent and ability. High school sports in this way teach us the necessity to improve and the need to exceed, traits imperative to success in careers in the real world. Sports that have room for a certain number of teammates cause players and athletes to have to show their worth, prove their strength and exercise dedication. Not taking a team sport seriously and lacking to show any steadfast traits ultimately results in failure to make the team. This should show athletes that wanting something does not get you anywhere, rather working for it and putting the effort in is what will get you there. The failure to make a team and the threat of less playing time as a consequence for deficient effort makes a determined individual work harder and focus on improving the skills necessary to succeed.

The real world requires effort and determination. To succeed and excel in careers you need to work hard, prove your worth and exemplify strength and diligence in your field. You will not get anywhere without hard work and constantly improving your skills and abilities. Success in reality is like success on a team sport: if you show little desire and hardly any rigor you will not get anywhere nor will you climb further in success in your career. Knowing how to fix what you do wrong or are not excellent in, not whining and complaining about the basis for success “not being fair” is how you will get places in life, whether in sports or in careers.

High school teams becoming “all-inclusive” is more harmful than it is good to society. To eliminate the expectations of a team sport, to not require hard work and effort and a skill set is to teach teens laziness and to expect what you want instead of working for it. Giving in to every single participant does not reflect the necessary prerequisites for success in the workforce. High school sports have more importance to our development than just exercise and athleticism. Allowing every participant to be on a team or get a trophy fails to mold students into successful, driven adults. If you do not want to face being cut from a team or not playing as much, join a club sport instead of a team sport.

The real world requires improvement for us to be successful. Participation trophies and “all-inclusive” sports teams teach us otherwise.

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