Good morning. How can you just walk on by without one tear in your eye?
(Incidentally, that song reminds me of this, which I swear only makes me cry because I’m listening to that damn song. Insert “unhealthy obsession” comment here.)
(Yes, I know that you’re getting this post after the afternoon post. It’s still morning in California.)
The rest of the All-Star awesomesauce is after the jump, but first: SPOILER ALERT! NO RED SOX OR YANKEES! WHEEEEEEEEEEEEE!.
NATIONAL LEAGUE (total 279 RAR)
C: Brian McCann (ATL), 21.5 RAR. Look, stats! From me? Never! Anyway, I’ll be using RAR (from Fangraphs) to determine all the election shenaniganocity and such, while you can use the photos to argue over which team takes the victory.
1B: Albert Pujols (STL), 37.1 RAR. Yawn.
2B: Chase Utley (PHI), 33.4 RAR. This one is so unbelievably not close at all.
SS: Hanley Ramirez (FLA), 29.2 RAR. This one’s even less close (from him to the runners-up, in case you’re confused).
3B: David Wright (NYM), 29.6 RAR. I don’t know what the Farnsworth is up with Wright’s BABIP, but I don’t like it. At all. (Yes, “Farnsworth” is now a curse word. It’s at the behest of other users of Internet. I dunno. It just feels right.)
OF: Matt Kemp (LAD), 33.7 RAR. Sabermetric leaderboards, now with more awesomeness.
OF: Raul Ibanez (PHI), 31.2 RAR. Sabermetric leaderboards, now with less sexiness. Move along, move along.
OF: Justin Upton (ARI), 29.1 RAR. Sabermetric leaderboards, now with more … Diamondbacks-ness? Honestly, I have no clue. He’s sort of awesome, though.
SP: Tim Lincecum (SFG), 33.9 RAR.
AMERICAN LEAGUE (total 301 RAR)
C: Joe Mauer (MIN), 37.5 RAR. Yeah. Joe Mauer.
1B: Victor Martinez (CLE), 29.4 RAR. Yes, I’m just as confused about this as you are.
2B: Ian Kinsler (TEX), 30.2 RAR. Not much to say here, except that 1) He’s really hot and 2) He’s really good at baseball and 3) I sort of semi-secretly love the way he wears his pants (it’s the Brandon Inge style, in case you’re looking for a way to compare).
SS: Marco Scutaro (TOR), 29.7 RAR. Although Jason Bartlett is technically the RAR leader at shortstop, I’m giving this one to Scutaro because 1) He’s kept up his high level of production for longer than Bartlett has and 2) It’s only a 0.8 RAR difference.
3B: Evan Longoria (TBR), 39.3 RAR. I really wanted to give this one to my boy Brandon Inge, but I can’t come up with a good excuse. And I won’t give you a photo of Longoria because for some reason he really annoys me. I dunno.
OF: Ben Zobrist (TBR), 37.2 RAR. AND HE’S NOT EVEN ON THE BALLOT! PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF WHATEVER DEITY YOU HAPPEN TO BELIEVE IN, USE YOUR WRITE-IN VOTE FOR ZOBRIST. EVERY TIME YOU DON’T, A PUPPY DIES; EVERY TIME YOU DO, A PUPPY THAT WAS ABOUT TO BE KILLED BY ANOTHER VOTE FOR JASON BAY IS SAVED (and hey, I’m actually a pretty big Jason Bay fan). I’VE SAVED 150 PUPPIES, HOW ABOUT YOU?
OF: Nelson Cruz (TEX), 27.0 RAR. Huh?
OF: Torii Hunter (LAA), 26.9 RAR. I really, really don’t like him, but hey, he’s been the third best AL outfielder, so… yup.
SP: Zack Greinke (KCR), 44.2 RAR. FINE, I GIVE IN, YOU CAN HAVE SOMEONE OTHER THAN ROY HALLADAY AS YOUR ALL-STAR STARTER. I give up until Monday. Now go away and let me cry.
So yeah. How are you today?
During the last MLB game I attended, I couldn’t help but eavesdrop on the people around me as they punched out their ballots. Their selections were…not these.
Fan voting for the ASG = Idiocy
Uh, Minda, you mean the people that were like, “Hey Gregg Zaun is on here. I’m totally voting for him!” Of course, I’m an AL-er so I always vote for crappy people from the NL on purpose. lol But I’m also the dumbass that forgets to drop their ballots off at the end of the game. So it all evens out.
As long as you’re going to vote for NL players who aren’t the best ones at their positions, please please please please PLEASE vote for Andy LaRoche. All my other random obsessions are either pitchers or minor leaguers or in the AL.
Zobrist/Barrowman? Don’t see it. Definitely agree about Scuturo. And I’ll cry along with you about Grienke. To Monday!
Matt Kemp YES!
i’ve saved 800 puppies!