Your're probably asking yourself what a picture of the 2005 White Sox celebrating the World Series title has to do with the 2007 All-Star game. Well, it has nothing to do with it at all but there is going to be only one White Sox player in the All-Star game so I had to mention the team somehow. Plus we're all White Sox fans at heart so I figured I would appease everyone by showing a picture of the single greatest moment in the history of sports.
Anyways, Log asked me to make my picks for the 2007 MLB All-Star game and since I quite possibly have the most boring job in the world, he didn't exactly have to twist my arm. Even though, this is going to take awhile and only about six people are going to read this, anything beats trying to track down the publisher from some garbage newspaper in the middle of Arkansas (this is what I'm currently supposed to be doing).
For those of you who don't know, the All-Star teams are composed of 32 players from each league and the only stipulation is that each team must be represented by at least one player. Normally the starters are selected by a fan vote. However, this usually means that the starters all come from the Yankees and Red Sox whether they deserve it or not. Therefore, I'm going to select who I believe deserves it, not whose actually going to get it.
(The starters are in bold)
C- Jorge Posada, Victor Martinez, Kenji Johjima
Although Posada is old as hell for a catcher, it's really hard to argue for anyone else. Martinez is a joke defensively and the best catcher in the league, Joe Mauer, has been hurt all year.
1B-Kevin Youkilis, Justin Morneau, David Ortiz
The firstbasemen in the American League have been surprisingly dissapointing. This leads to two first basemen being taken from the same team, the Red Sox. Which is really gay because the Red Sox are annoying. Morneau has much better power numbers but Youkillis is hitting almost 60 points higher. This one was a tough call.
2B-B.J. Upton, Brian Roberts, Ian Kinsler
I have absolutely nothing to say about these guys. Their teams are awful and I refuse to watch them play. Kinsler only makes it because his team sucks and I couldn't find anyone deserving.
SS-Derek Jeter, Carlos Guillen, Miguel Tejada
Even though Jeter is a gigantic douchebag, I had to make him the starter. Shortstops are expected to hit for average and score runs and that's exactly what he does.
3B-Alex Rodriguez, Mike Lowell
More Yankees and Red Sox but the rest of the third basemen in the league are brutal.
OF-Magglio Ordonez, Torii Hunter, Vladimir Guerrero, Ichiro Suzuki, Alex Rios, Carl Crawford
I'm continuing the theme of granting douchebags with starting spots. I have nothing against Guerrero but the other two are assholes. Power won out over speed in this case as the three backups are all threats to steal but lack the power numbers (or average in Rios' case).
Starting Pitcher-Dan Haren
Haren and Josh Beckett both have impressive records and great ERA's but the only statistic that Beckett beats Haren in is victories. This was an easy choice.
Backup Starting Pitchers-Beckett, Johan Santana, John Lackey, Chad Gaudin, C.C. Sabathia, Gil Meche, Jarrod Washburn
Every guy on here is deserving in my opinion. Gil Meche=the obligatory Royal.
Bobby Jenks, J.J. Putz, Joe Nathan, Jonathon Papelbon
Last year the White Sox had seven all-stars. This year just one. These are some pretty nasty closers though. If the AL has the lead through six you can just about forget about it.
Well, that's it for the AL. I'm considering doing the NL either this afternoon or Monday but why bother, the NL is garbage. If anyone actually read that whole thing besides Log or Buzzsaw, I'll be shocked.
Friday, June 1, 2007
Posted by BigLots at 9:21 AM