Wasn't it fun to see those guys hit those home runs? You bet it was. On to some links.
Ferguson: Should the Jays look to Romero or Garza?
I want to say neither
AA’s Trade Deadlines Have Been Successful - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
My suspicion is that this one is a bit more uneventful, but you never know
Minor League Shuffling: All-Star Break Edition - Blue Jays from Away
A look at some of the player movement throughout the farm system
Fan Fuel: Students watch Kawasaki in Japan - Sportsnet.ca
Fan Fuel's Wes Armstrong, a Canadian teacher living in Japan, asks his students what they think of the exploits of Toronto Blue Jays fan sensation Munenori Kawasaki.
The Blue Jay Hunter: 8 Storylines from the Blue Jays First Half
I would argue that the emergence of Esmil Rogers belongs on this list but it's a good summary of what's transpired so far.
AL EAST LINKS
David Ortiz on his favorite curse word, the surprising Red Sox and retiring in Boston | The Strike Zone - SI.com
It's a shame Big Papi wasn't in the Derby last night
Mariano Rivera closing extraordinary Yankees career with grace, style - CBSSports.com
"From humble beginnings to Hall of Fame career to a graceful farewell tour, Mariano Rivera proves to be one of the greatest Yankees of all."
Orioles GIFs of the Week - Camden Chat
"It's possible that we have broken the record for the most GIFs on Camden Chat "before the All-Star break". There were years when PEDs were common and they were cranking out GIFs on amphetamines, but Chris Davis and I don't acknowledge those numbers.'
MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees could do nothing, says Bob Klapisch - Pinstriped Bible
"Yankees fans might have to prepare for a July where the Yankees don't make any major deals"
THE REST OF THE BASEBALL UNIVERSE LINKS
X-factors and records to watch for when second-half begins - MLB - Joe Lemire - SI.com
"As baseball breaks for an especially late All-Star Game -- every team has played at least 91 games, 10 more than the true midpoint -- here are some x-factors that could impact the second "
What you don't know about Bonilla -- and Saberhagen -- Mets deals - CBSSports.com
The article is worth a look for the picture alone.
Figuring out the Inside the Park Home Run Derby - Baseball Nation
There are some really great ideas here
2013 Trade Value: #50 – #46 | FanGraphs Baseball
The bottom of Fangraph's yearly series on the players with the highest trade value in the league
2013 Trade Value: #45 – #41 | FanGraphs Baseball
I'm somewhat surprised but pleased to see Edwin on this list
NON-BASEBALL LINK OF THE DAY
Crickets Act Differently When Others Are Watching
"Crickets play to an audience, changing their behavior when they know others are watching, a new study says."