I'm feeling the effects of it. Even after I said I'd go to bed if they didn't score in the 12th, I found myself sticking with it to the end. Francona did a good job managing the team, and you have to give props to Nancy Drew for his contributions. I think the most impressive player last night though was Russell Martin, the Dodgers catcher. He made a lot of impressive plays at home, and even gunned down some runners. I felt bad for Uggla though, who wanted so badly to play in Yankee stadium and then committed 3 errors and struck out 3 times. I still love him though.
It also appears that Papelbon feared for his pregnant wife's life, and couldn't enjoy the All-Star festivities as a result. Now, I'm completely against threatening the lives of pregnant women, but what did Papelbon think the response was going to be like? He tried to back away from his earlier comments about closing over Mariano Rivera, and even gave the whole "It's my competitive nature" line, but his original comments were that he deserved to close the game as much as Mo because he won a world series last season. Never mind that Mariano has pitched for the Yankees for over a decade, has won several championships with them, and is having a much much better season than Papelbon is. The All-Star game is all about this season, not last year's world series. Then Papelbon has the nerve to be shocked by the response. Like its a huge Hardy Boy mystery why people would be upset with him. Look, this isn't Candy Land, this is New York City and if you run your mouth about a Hall of Fame legend in New York City, you're probably not going to be received well. Especially when you're a young talent with a short track record. You take away Mariano, and Papelbon still isn't even the best closer on that All-Star team (Joakim Soria anyone?). Hopefully, he'll learn from this experience.
All in all, I got what I wanted from this game, minus a good nights sleep. As I'm typing this I feel like I'm dreaming. A close game, great players, great pitching, and Kazmir is probably icing his overused arm right now. If he gets injured the Rays are going to be ticked.