Well, no one saw this one coming. David Wright was beaten out by Pablo Sandoval in a landslide for the privilege of starting the All-Star game for the National League at third base. Wright lost by almost 2 million votes. When MLB gave us the last update about a week ago, David was in front by almost half a million votes. So, what happened?
I suspect that the classy folks over at AT&T Park had a hand in this. The only way I can imagine this huge turnaround was accomplished is that they basically handed everyone in attendance these last few games a stack of 25 ballots with their hometown players pre-punched. Or they had their attendants walking around with iPads with the MLB website open, harassing folks to enter their e-mail address and, “Click here 25 times for our boys.”
I don’t know how else that fat bastard could have edged out David for the job. He obviously has nothing on Wright statistically this year:
Sandoval is batting .307 with 11 doubles 6 homers and 25 RBI
Wright is batting .355 with 26 doubles, 9 homers and 50 RBI
Wright has played a lot more games than Kung-Fu Panda, so he was bound to have more doubles, homers, and RBI than him, but he’s also out-hitting, out-slugging, and out-on-basing him, too.
Sandoval’s teammate Buster Posey led all NL vote-getters.
“What? Are you F-ing kidding me?” you might ask. Well, it makes sense, and I’ll explain why. Posey obviously got (and deserved) his share of clean votes from other teams’ fans. So if you tack-on the bullshit votes that San Francisco treated their players to at the last minute, you get your leading vote-getter in Posey. Just like Wright, Yadier Molina (as much as I despise the guy) deserved to start this game for the NL, but it’s a LOT more debatable.
This system is clearly flawed, and should be changed as long as the game “counts”–the game counts, but the managers still try to get every single player into the game, so they don’t actually manage to win, they manage like it’s a meaningless exhibition. But they will allow this ridiculous voting system to continue on.
Why does everyone get to vote 25 times, per e-mail address?Well, it’s got to be because of money. Isn’t it always? I’m guessing MLB benefits financially from the millions upon millions of extra clicks they register on their website whenever folks vote over and over again. More ad revenue for Bud Selig to line his pockets with. I think one vote per person sounds fair, don’t you? But Mr. Selig probably wouldn’t like to announce that Josh Hamilton led all voters with 440,000 votes. Nope, 11 million sounds wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better (you think 25 y’s are excessive?) Bud Selig wants everyone to think that people really care about this game and that they’re voting by the millions. But that’s clearly not the case. At least not anywhere besides San Francisco.