Andrelton Simmons, one of the two SoCal MLB players who are being pushed in the All-Star Game’s Final Vote campaign. Photo courtesy of medium.com
IS ANYONE ELSE GETTING SICK OF ALL THIS HYPE BESIDES ME?
It’s been all over social media, not unlike a rash to be honest.
Posts exhorting us SoCal baseball fans to get Dodger infielder Max Muncy and Angel shortstop Andrelton Simmons into the upcoming MLB All-Star Game in Washington, D.C. by way of the Final Vote, something thought up by Major League Baseball to give the fans a say as to who will take the final spot on the National and American League All-Star teams.
While baseball’s all-star game is by far the best of its type, far better than the other sports’ all-star contests like the NFL’s Pro Bowl and the NBA’s All-Star Weekend,
I’m honestly tired of all the Mid-Summer Classic hype for one specific reason…
This voting push online is of the pushy salesman quality.
And I absolutely cannot stand pushy salesmen.
That’s why although like pretty much every other baseball fan, I’ve voted for the NL’s and AL’s starting lineups since I was a kid and poked holes in those ballots at Dodger Stadium: I voted for the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp and the Angels’ Superman – I mean Mike Trout – this year,
I didn’t bother with this year’s Final Vote.
Especially since I saw on a Twitter post that it doesn’t look good, at all, for SoCal’s candidates with the deadline roughly in an hour from this writing, Muncy currently third out of the National League’s five hopefuls while Simmons is fifth and last among the American League’s candidates.
Actually, To be brutally frank I’ve been weary of all-star games for a while.
They are essentially glorified exhibition contests that don’t count – the notion of home field advantage in the World Series going to the winning league in baseball’s case notwithstanding – and you know what?
While I fully acknowledge that playing in the oldest all-star game in sports (it began in 1933 in Chicago’s Comiskey Park, with none other than Babe Ruth hitting the first home run) is an honor with financial bonus clauses often attached to contracts for those who make that game,
If I were in “The Show” and selected to go to the All-Star Game, whether as a starter or a reserve, I would probably decline due to the desire to take those four days off and recharge for the “Dog Days” of late July and August, as well for the playoff push in September of my team was a contender.
A good number of players have done just that over the years, particularly during this century, to take some time off and rest their bodies as with a 162-game schedule over roughly 185 days, the Majors, while a very lucrative dream come true for every one of those 755 guys playing Major League Baseball for, at bare minimum, $545,000 a season,
Which is very decent money no matter how you slice it,
Is also an absolute grind with fatigue, aches, pains, and injuries being an occupational hazard.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I would honestly rather take that time to rest my muscles and bones and take that four-day vacation.
Or I would at least strongly consider doing so.
I’ve been finding myself preferring to watch the Futures Game, featuring the top minor leaguers, and the Celebrity Softball Game, where folks from the entertainment realm play ball with former stars, over the actually MLB All-Star Game.
As well as the annual Little League World Series in South Williamsport, PA (for baseball) and Portland, OR (for softball) every August.
That’s going to be my mindset this year and for the time being.
In the meantime, congrats for all those ball players who will be in Nationals Park in our nation’s capitol next week.
Max Muncy, the other one of SoCal’s two major league ball players who are being so hyped in this MLB All-Star Fame Final Vote thing. Photo courtesy of si.com