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"I told you guys that you should have asked Mark Reynolds. I was playing him on XBox when you called, I coulda passed along the message."
"I told you guys that you should have asked Mark Reynolds. I was playing him on XBox when you called, I coulda passed along the message."

Today's title comes to you courtesy of Darth Vader, suggested by emilylovesthedbacks, though it seemed to be even more fitting with today's news that George Steinbrenner has died.  No matter what you felt about Steinbrenner, you have to admit he's been a major, influential presence in the game for over three decades.  He'll be missed. 

But come on.  Upstaging the All Star Game with his death?  Classic Steinbrenner.  Geez.

Speaking of such, the All Star Game is played this evening, with the AL and NL teams facing off in Anaheim.  The National League will look for their first win since 1996- think back to what you were doing back then.  Myself, I had just turned old enough to drive then, and now I'm a cranky old man.  But I guess I'm just a cranky prodigy.

Previews:

Head past the jump to read Chris Young's comments about the home run derby, what we'll need from the bullpen to merely be the second worst, and what Stephanie Meyers and Alex Rodriguez have in common.

DBacks News:

Around Baseball:

And there's your links for today.  This evening, we can wait around to see CY play for an inning and maybe get an at-bat, while hoping for the NL to triumph over the AL and wondering, again, why exactly Omar Infante is anywhere near Anaheim right now.  Go DBacks National League!