While many of us were enjoying fireworks and cookouts on the Fourth of July, Major League Baseball was getting ready to tally votes for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game.
Voting ended on July 4th, and the newest batch of All-Stars was revealed on July 6th on the 2013 MLB All-Star Selection Show. Now comes the fun part, where people get to argue over starters, praise the selections and throw fits over snubs.
And with Twitter leading the social media charge, we can see just how exactly people are processing this latest crop of All-Stars. Time to take a look at some of the most intriguing and noteworthy reactions now that the dust is starting to settle.
First though, a brief side note. There is truly something wonderful about the MLB All-Star Game when a guy like Bartolo Colon can get selected. Not to say his season thus far has not warranted a selection; the guy has pitched unbelievably, posting an 11-3 record and a 2.78 ERA.
But just look at him on the right. He doesn't look like an athlete, much less an elite one. Portly would be a nice way to put it. He's 40, weights 265 pounds and isn't quite six feet tall. It's just nice to see that his physical stature doesn't matter as much as his performance does in a glorified popularity contest.
But enough about that. On to one of my favorite All-Star Game Twitter reactions. It's simple, it's one word and, best of all, you can tell it's purely organic.
Jose Bautista was very serious about getting selected, even going so far as to launch that Twitter account to help him collect more votes. Looks like the hard work paid off.
Now we can't publish an article about baseball without mentioning the media frenzy that is Yasiel Puig. Should he be an All-Star? Should we just elect him to the Hall of Fame now? Well, maybe it hasn't gone quite that far, but you get what I mean.
In fact, #puigmania is so popular that it even has MC Hammer weighing in on what we should do with this phenom.
Oh, and we can't forget Jim Bowden's take on Puig and his All-Star candidacy.
Personally, I love Dr. Seuss, so Jim Bowden takes a big step up in my book, and that tweet alone earned him a follow. If you can somehow incorporate Dr. Seuss and sports, you're a winner, even if Bowden gives credit for the joke to Jeff Joyce.
As far as Puig goes, why not elect him to the All-Star Game? Is anyone really going to freak out if, say, Josh Donaldson loses out on a spot? It hurts my soul to be saying that as an A's fan, but people will be tempted to tune in to watch Puig. Not so much for the Oakland A's third baseman.
Throwing Josh Donaldson's name in that conversation wasn't out of left field, either, pardon my pun. Buster Olney would agree with me.
The two teams with the most to be upset about? They would be the A's and the Braves. But don't take it from me, take it from CBS baseball insider Jon Heyman.
Donaldson is hitting .317, good for eighth in the majors, to go along with 15 home runs and 57 RBI. And don't forget about A's closer Grant Balfour, who sports a ridiculous 1.82 ERA and is a perfect 22 for 22 in save opportunities.
And the Braves? Freddie Freeman is hitting .307 and has knocked in 56 runs, which is eighth in the National League. Also, take a look at Mike Minor: 3.15 ERA, 104 strikeouts and eight wins. Not too shabby.
Bottom line, both the A's and Braves lead their divisions, yet each only have one All-Star. Meanwhile, the Giants (40-46) have three and the Tigers have six. Yeah, six. Might be a couple too many.
But as the wise Buster Olney said, it's impossible to have a perfect All-Star game roster. Besides, perfection isn't fun. Imperfection is much better, and it gives us a lot more to talk about. Or scream at the top of our lungs about.
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