The 2012 All-Star Rosters were announced today, and the Mets will have two representatives. R.A. Dickey and David Wright will join manager Terry Collins (who was selected to Tony LaRussa’s coaching staff) in Kansas City.
The big news for Mets fans is the fact that Pablo Sandoval of the Giants beat out Wright in the fan voting by 1.6 million votes. Wright had been leading in the voting up until the last couple of days.
But fan voting is an important part of the All-Star Game. After all, the fans should vote for the players they want to see, since it is an exhibition game held for the fans.
Wait…is it? I thought “it counted this time.”
In 2002, the All-Star Game finished in a 7-7 tie in the 11th inning, when each manager simply ran out of players. Because that’s what you did in an All-Star Game: get as many players in the game as possible. Why? So the fans of each team could see their men compete in the Summer Classic, that’s why. Admit it, it was a thrill to see Lee Mazzilli play in the 1979 All-Star game. He even tied the game with a home run, and drove in the eventual game-winning run with a bases-loaded walk. He somehow didn’t win the MVP, mostly because a more popular player (Dave Parker) from a winning team (the Pirates) threw a guy out at home.