I admit I'm kind of a geek when it comes to this stuff. Even in years I have made the team, I've still tuned in. That's not true for all players, though. Most guys don't watch if they don't make it. I have one teammate who actually complained about being named an All-Star because it's the only week in eight months he can spend decent time with his family, away from baseball. I also know for a fact that guys around the majors are not psyched about the prospect of spending All-Star week in Kansas City in 2012. The park isn't great, and there's just not much going on in that town. (page 20, bold added)
I am aching to defend Our Fair City, but I know that we are not the greatest party stop and that our ball park, while newly renovated and in my mind totally wonderful, is over 30 years old, but I didn't think we were such a second rate choice that it should take away from the honor of being a participant in All-Star week for a ball player.
My civic pride is annoyed; yes, it is.