* the east / west conferences in basketball & hockey do not play each other that much. they only play twice sometimes once. the vast majority of their games are played within their respective leagues just like baseball. point being overall record is the best, again not the pefect but best option in deciding HFA. * i am not trying to say HFA is the ultimate decider but it certainly plays a big part. it does not only matter if the series goes seven. fact is the team that wins game one overwhelmingly wins the WS and the stats show that being home first plays a huge part in that. to me you should be rewarded if your team finishes with the best overall record by having HFA and having that decided by an all-star game is a joke. the best option is overall record. i wasnt trying to have a huge debate over this. just stating that using the all-star game to decide things is the worst idea i see. all that said yes, last night's game was excellent. both teams seem to have bucked the trend that great starting pitching beats out hitting during their prior two series. i mean look at the era's for the starters. i'm actually torn on who to root for. i have family in texas that are 1st and foremost philly fans but do root for the rangers 2nd in baseball. also i am not a larussa fan but man he has definitely showed that unlike with uncle cholly you cant just simply stay status quo with your roster and moves come playoff time. ultimately though like you dawk i guess i have to support the NL.