Yes, home-field advantage matters and the Texas Rangers would have liked to have it should they reach a third consecutive World Series later this season.
That's not going to happen, though, as the National League locked it up for a third consecutive season with an 8-0 victory over the American League in this year's All-Star Game.
The Rangers didn't downplay the importance of it, but weren't letting that affect their All-Star experience. Here's what a few of them had to say.
Mike Napoli: "It is what it is. They got home-field advantage and hopefully we're there to play in it. ... I had a good time, glad to be a part of this and took it all in. I'll remember this for the rest of my life."
Joe Nathan: "This game is important, we would have liked to win. But it doesn’t mean the National League is going to win the World Series just because they won this game. It just means they get to play at home one more time than we do.”
Ron Washington: "I think every team out there that may have a chance at being in the World Series would like to play four games at home. But if you're in the World Series, to me, it doesn't matter."
-- Drew Davison