We are creeping up on two important summer events: the Trade Deadline and the Midsummer Classic – All-Star Game.
Personally, I look forward more to the trade deadline than the All-Star Game. I think the game has become a joke.
The only part of that time I enjoy is the home run derby. I enjoy seeing who is going to be the next one to get screwed out of a great hitting season. Will it be the person who is supposed to be the savior of the team during the playoffs or maybe the World Series?
Here is why the Classic is a joke. The fans have made it a joke. That’s right. The fans of Major League Baseball have made what should be a celebration of the best players in the game into the biggest load of crock.
MLB certainly messed up when they allowed the fans to vote for the players to go to the game. It is now just about popularity. I feel like I am in high school. Who is the most popular? Who is the cutest? Who is this? Who is that? Blah blah blah blah.
So it will be the American League versus the Phillies. It is ridiculous. So not only are the Phillies cheaters, their fans are stuffing ballot boxes. This was the very reason the Commissioner and company stopped the fans from voting in the first place when Cincinnati Reds fans did it in 1957. Their solution was simple: replace some of the players. Perfect solution!
I understand Roy Halladay and Chase Utley. Yet Ryan Howard is also being voted in. Who would you take at first base? Albert Pujols or Howard? Personally, I would take Pujols. I’m sure CFoD reader Kat would too. Hahaha
Here’s another one. This whole thing where every team needs to be represented at the Classic. Why? If all of the players on that team are awful or just mediocre, why should they be at the game? It is supposed to be the best players. How can we see who they are when we have a mixture of the best with the worst?
As much as I love the New York Mets, players like Jose Reyes and David Wright have no business being there. For that matter, neither does Francisco Rodriguez. As far as I’m concerned, Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey, and Rod Bajaras are the only players who deserve it. Barajas has been the sole clutch hitter on this team. Halladay deserves it to be there because of his perfect game. What about Ubaldo Jimenez from the Colorado Rockies? Too bad the fans cannot vote for the pitchers. Let’s hope the players get it right.
This is not a celebration of the greatest players in the game. Not at all. It is just an overrated popularity contest.