The baseball all-star lineups were announced today and there are three Giant’s starters on the team. Two of those starters, despite what some will say, fully deserve the nod. One of them, Pablo Sandoval, should probably not have been picked as a starter but, because the All-Star game is done entirely by fan vote, this kind of thing will happen. The issue is that most would argue that, while this is a good lineup to put out on the field, it is not the one that gives them the best chance to win. That is unfortunate because the winner of this game decides who gets home field advantage in the World Series.
Yeah. Pretttyyyyy weird thing to do.
Look, the all-star game is def a popularity contest and I am OK with the selections for that reason. People vote for who they want to see, that makes sense. What I am not OK with is a popularity contest deciding something so important. Why would you leave something like home field advantage in one of the biggest sporting events of the year in the hands of drunken sun-baked baseball fans. It doesn’t make any god damn sense.
Furthermore, this Giants heavy team has caused quite the stir in the ever sophisticated baseball forums. The primary complaint is that Giants fans are “bandwagon” fans that don’t know anything about baseball so they just vote for their favorite players (they want to see their favorite players play?! fuck those guys!). Designating us as “bandwagon” fans is actually a fairly common occurrence, even before this all-star game thing.
Just shut up about that shit.
We have sold out every game for nearly three seasons. Giant’s fans show up in huge numbers at every road game they play, regardless of the city or league. On recent road trips to San Diego and Seattle the “Lets go Giants” chants could be heard clearer than anything else. For god’s sake there are people that are willing to kayak out into the green waters of the bay for 4 hours in 60 degree weather waiting on a home run ball from a team that hits less home runs than anyone else in the majors. Sure there are bandwagon fans but that’s the case everywhere. And bandwagon fans are still fans. They still pay for tickets. They still wear orange and black. And, obviously, they still know how to use a computer.
All star voting is a bad system but you can’t fault SF for taking advantage of it. And if they are “bandwagon” fans because of it then I guess you got beat by a bunch of bandwagon fans. How does it feel shit heads?