The Greatest, and Worst, Idea in the History of All-Star Games

David Ortiz hitting #400 has nothing on the awesomeness that will be the Eastern League All-Star "Hitting Challenge." (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)


There are times when you see something, and your jaw drops as you think "What the heck were they smoking when they came up with that?" Then there are those times when you see something, smack your forehead, and think "Now why didn't I come up with that?"

And then, there are those wonderful rarities, those blissful moments when you stumble upon something so wholly wonderful, and so sublimely ridiculous, that you are left adrift, searching for conscious thought amid the discombobulation. Dear readers of OTM, I am proud to present to you one of these existence-affirming moments. I proudly present to you the following YouTube video:

The Baseballtown All-Star Game "Hitting Challenge"

This is no mere home-run derby, no pedestrian hitting challenge. Instead, revel in the experience: my words utterly fail to convey the amazingness of this video. The utter sense of building horror as this trainwreck of an idea unfolds is palpable. Yet, at the same time, you won't be able to avoid hoping that somewhere this whole event will be recorded for posterity, because this truly must be an event that will achieve legendary status, regardless of whether it is an "epic fail" or an "epic win."

Personally, if I were an All-Star from the Portland Sea Dogs (who are members of the Eastern League, and thus required to attend this looming disaster memorable occasion), I probably wouldn't want to be within a country mile of this event, but I would be the first in line to watch the wreckage unfold. This is the standard to which all future All-Star ideas must aspire; anything less will be a major letdown.

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