As we head into the All-Star break the Sox are looking pretty good. The offense has been a suprise this year to some. I know around work no one expected, for reasons I can't understand, for Lowell to hit has well as he has. He has a carreer batting average of over .3oo and while he had a bad year last year, that was an aborhition. I think the other suprise has been the pitching, I for one didn't see the woes coming that we've experienced this year. While it has improved of late, there was a stretch where I cringed when ever the bull pen was called on, and no one could fore see Schilling and Becket giving up the quantity of long balls they have this year.
As for the All-Star game it's self, I'll watch, I always do, if only to see the Sox players get their turn at the plate or the mound. The one thing I do enjoy is the HR contest that will air tonight. While I admit it is way too commercial, it's essentially a 2-3 hour advertisement for Century 21, when one of these guys gets a groove, it's just damned impressive. The first year I remember seeing this type of display was '99 in Fenway, when McGwire was launching 400 footers over the Monster and score board. I'm sure I'll hear it from Zeb and AA, but I'll just consider the sources in those cases.