By alsnuts2 8 Comments
Off the bat, I thought I would say that I know this is an odd place to post about sports. I am something of a Journalism student and every summer my writing skills atrophy which leads to poor writing in the Fall, which then leads to a mad scramble to save my grade in December. So I made a 4th of July Resolution to write more. Even if they never see the light of day or are about any particular topic, just the act of tapping on the keyboard will hopefully keep the rust away. Now, movin’ on.
The MLB all star teams were announced over the weekend and for those who don’t know, the starters are chosen by the fan votes and the reserves are chosen by the All Star team manager. Now I am not a fan of fans, and I lose faith in democracy every time "John Coffee" wins a democratic primary in South Carolina, but this year I think the fans put most of the right people in the game.
I can’t even argue with the Derek Jeter selection this year, (God knows Id like to, but its not a Yankee thing, its a Jeter thing, today Rob Cano is MVP) but he has been genuinely good. Personally, I would have liked to see the Toronto Blue Jays’ Alex Gonzalez get on the team as he has 7 more home runs and 30 points of OPS on Jeter. But I have come to grips with the fact that I live in a world where The British Bulldog is dead and Jake the Snake is still just walking around in the physical world and Derek Jeter will receive a million All-star votes 3 years after he retires.
On the NL side, Cardinals demigod Albert Pujols lead the vote to the surprise of no one, but the big controversy has been the omission of Cincinnati’s Joey Votto from the original roster. Unfortunately for Votto, as long as Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard, and Prince Fielder play the same position, Votto will have a hard time breaking onto the All Star team. Unless he cures a terminal disease, he will forever be the odd man out and I don’t believe he has much of a biology background.
Lastly, I would like to be more bothered by the fact that the NL leading Padres have as many All-Star representatives as the pitiful Pittsburg Pirates. I would like to be bothered by this, but even I have to admit Adrian Gonzales is the only player on the team I know. I'm sure their fans will take the wins over my awareness any day, so stay classy San Diego.
In the end, the American League top-to-bottom is a far superior squad and unless god has money on the game, I would look for the AL to win the midsummer classic for the 12th time in 13 years.