Thursday, July 07, 2005

Old Man Daley Would Be Proud

So Scott Podsednik won the "last chance" vote to make the All-Star team, huh?

Sure, the White Sox only rate 19th in home attendance, drawing roughly the same average gate as the Twins despite playing in the 3rd largest city in the country. More than half of Chicagoland despises or feels indifferent to the White Sox, and their fans across the country are not exactly legion, either. As a road attraction, the ChiSox rate 24th in the majors. So of course a mediocre Leftfielder with a knack for stealing bases, representing the seedy stomping grounds of Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, would be the popular choice of fans across the country, rather than Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui, or Torii Hunter--each of the three being fan selections to play in the All-Star Game in years past. Not only that, but Podsednik should receive about 1.3 million votes more than the ballot winner in the NL, Roy Oswalt. Of course.

Who tabulated the votes? Diebold?


At 7/07/2005 10:17 PM, Anonymous bjhess said...

All I have to say is...that a Rufus Wainwright picture?

At 7/08/2005 7:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looked at in another way, the selection is obvious: Podsednik was the only guy on the list who's actually leading the league in something. Something positive, anyway.

David Wintheiser

At 7/08/2005 8:43 AM, Blogger amr said...

I voted for Podsednik to keep Jeter out. Mostly to stick it to Buck and McCarver.

I caught the last 30 seconds of "Best damned Sports show ever" last night. Some guy basically said that it was a Travishamockery that Jetes wasn't an all star. He called Jetes the best Shortstop on baseball. (Uhm?: A-Rod, Tejada)
He said that if he were building a team from scratch, Jeter would be where he started.

Podsednik seems to be appropriately small in league stature to get in these guys craw the most. Plus, he's be a great PR in a game with multiple substitutions.

At 7/08/2005 1:22 PM, Blogger frightwig said...

It is Rufus.

It doesn't bother me that Jeter isn't an All-Star this year. He's been left out of the game before. I just hate to see a nobody from a team that isn't even popular in its own city winning a supposed "fan vote" with such an incredible amount of support. One way or another, the balloting looks crooked.

At 7/08/2005 1:47 PM, Blogger amr said...

ESPN's Daily Quickie had a Podsednik campaign. I also bet it helped that a lot of people are Yankees-haters and Podsednik was the top non-Yankee choice. I seriously doubt there was anything amiss in the polling. The ChiSox also did a bunch of campaigning for Pods, and during a homestand. I bet the votes were as much or more Anti-Yankees votes as they were Podsednik votes.

Instant Runoff would have gotten a more accurate feel of the fans.

I still would have voted Hafner over the whole lot of them, though.

At 7/08/2005 8:32 PM, Anonymous Neil said...

Awesome! Jeter isn't even the best shortstop on his team!


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