My reaction to this travesty was one of shock, outrage and general contempt for Giants fans.
David Wright deserves to be a starter because he is having a career year. He is second in baseball in batting average behind Carlos Ruiz and has broken some long-standing Mets records.
Yet he is upstaged by a guy who has been injured for most of the season.
Sure, he was named an All-Star reserve, but for Wright—and for all Mets fans—this has to be the biggest insult of all. To lose the starting spot to someone who missed a month and change due to injury because of local support is beyond comprehension.
I could see this happening if the game were in San Francisco but, come on, Kansas City?
It doesn't take much of an explanation as to why this is an outrage. Wright has been statistically better than Sandoval all season and has missed only a couple of games.
I know the Mets aren't popular outside of New York, and that's okay. But, really, Wright deserved that spot. The only way that Wright will be a starter is if Sandoval again goes down to injury, and it is unlikely that that will happen.
What really baffles me is the fan-voting process.
I have never been in favor of it, considering it's strictly territorial. After this game, something needs to be done in order to make sure nothing of this magnitude happens again.
Should voting be taken away from fans?
What I would propose is rescinding the fan voting and turning the selection process over to the writers, managers and players. It's been done before—back in 1958 when Cincinnati fans stuffed the ballot box in an attempt to make it the Reds vs. the American League.
I have more reason to believe that the BBWAA, the players and the All-Star game manager have more competency in choosing players than the fans.
After all, they get a closer look at opposing teams than do the fans. In giving the writers, players and managers power to choose the rosters, competency will not be an issue. Let's also not forget the measures that were recently taken in order to make sure the All-Star game was not tainted by steroid users in the revised drug policy.
David Wright's starter snub is a black mark on this year's All-Star game, and appears it will be a while before something is done to amend the situation.