Justin Verlander got rocked in the All-Star Game, now his team has pay for it.
One of Bud Selig's most controversial decisions over the past few years was when he decided, in order to spice up the All-Star Game after the dreaded extra-innings tie, to award homefield advantage in the World Series to the team representing the league that won the All-Star Game.
It hasn't been a very popular decision, especially around these parts in recent years as the Texas Rangers had the better record and wrecked Interleague play in 2010 and 2011 than the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, respectively, but lost out on homefield both times because the National League just so happened to end a ridiculously long losing streak to the American League.
But this year, there can't be as much complaining from Detroit Tigers fans as they prepare to take on the Giants in the World Series, beginning tonight in San Francisco (again, because the NL won the All-Star Game back in July).
That's because it was Giants pitcher Matt Cain who started the game for the NL, and he was opposed by Tigers ace and reigning AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander. Verlander proceeded to get rocked and Cain was dominant as the NL cruised to an easy win over the AL. Little did we know which two teams would be left standing in late October.
Now we do, and there shouldn't be as much complaining this time around.