Brandon Miller's In My Opinion: MLB All-Star Game shouldn’t be popularity competition
by Brandon Miller
bmiller@annistonstar.com
Jul 11, 2013 | 1683 views |  0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
#VoteFreddie!

Does my vote still count?

It’s a trick question because the Twitter votes and online votes shouldn’t have counted in the first place. It’s the All-Star Game, not a popularity contest.

Yes, here I go on this topic again.

What’s happened to baseball? Better yet, what’s happened to baseball fans?

I’ve written Yasiel Puig didn’t deserve to make the all-star game. Nothing has changed there, but what makes Freddie Freeman “deserve” it? It’s not just Freeman, though, the question goes for any of the final 10 candidates.

You can tweet your vote all day long, but can you tell me why you’re voting for that player? And the answer isn’t because he plays for “your team.”

The participants for the Midsummer Classic have become about who plays in a large-market city and who doesn’t.

The greatest thing to happen during the game in recent years was Heath Bell sprinting to and sliding in front of the mound two years ago. After I witness the greatness of that moment, I decided nothing during the all-star game would ever top it.

I decided I was done watching the game.

I don’t miss it, and I’m only watching the home run derby because Pedro Alvarez is in it. I guess that makes me a homer, though, doesn’t it? No pun intended.

Sports Writer Brandon Miller: 256-235-3575. On Twitter @bmiller_star.
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