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Chris Young has to be forced onto the All Star Team

I love voting for the All Star team.  I like being at a game and punching those little chads out with tools that are horrible for punching.  I try to use a car key, but it's too big, I try my finger nail but it's too short.  I try biting them, it's a mess and eventually you give up, but it's kinda fun to do with your friends at a game.  It's kinda like old ladies who chat while knitting.  You can race your friends, try and find the fastest pattern.  You watch the game, you punch, you chit chat.  It makes for a nice evening, there is always something going on.

I'll tell you what is not fun for me.  Voting on the internet.  You can't suck the fun out of something quicker than to make me do something so f'n repetitive on the internet, like writing a blog like voting.  I can't stand entering that little security code and I hate how the MLB wants us to vote a billion times.  

I don't think their goal was ever to get the best players, they just want to see how many people they can get to visit their site.  Look how proud they are.

Baseball fans around the world cast a record 23 million valid votes on since the program commenced on Sunday, July 1 at approximately 7:00 p.m. (EDT). This year's record number of votes, including nearly one million cast via mobile phones, represents an increase of more than 20 percent from the previous mark of 18.6 million set in 2006.

Can we just vote once?  How about we vote once and then the manager chooses the guys that deserve to be on the team.  Then if he's a dumb ass and puts together a dumb team we can humiliate him.  All this voting has taken Democracy way too far. Somebody just make a decision!  

Better yet, how about all the managers come up with a roster that includes at least one player from every team and then we just vote which manager/roster we want.  Wouldn't that save a lot of time?

On the National League ballot, San Diego's Chris Young led all vote-getters with more than 4.5 million votes

Do the fans have to do everything?  Do we have to tell them 4.5 million times that Chris Young should be an All Star?  Are they that dense?  

You know how many of those votes were mine?  Zero.  Does that make me a bad baseball fan?  A bad Padres fan?  Yes and yes.  Do I care?  Am I sorry?  No and no.  I admire all of you who did vote and made Chris Young and All Star, but it's just not my thing.  I don't think my vote counts, even if it did I'd have to vote a billion times and I just don't have the patience for that and I don't really care if Chris Young throws half an inning at the tail end of the All Star game.

I don't want to be part of the MLB's marketing monster.  You know those internet banner ads that have a really simple question?  Like what's the capital of the United States?  Then they will have D.C. and then some answers that are obviously wrong.  I think there must be something in human nature that makes you want to click the right answer.  I think that's what they did with Chris Young.  It's all a big conspiracy!  We see a guy that obviously belongs on the team and we can't help but want to vote for him.  They stumbled upon a way to increase "the buzz" and the number of web site visits.  Next year is going to be insane, they are going to make it even more extreme.

You're better than me. I couldn't keep voting. I gave up before it started.  The thought of voting again was too much for me. I just don't care.

I guess I finally see the player's point of view.  No wonder they screw around during the All Star break and play soft.  They don't care.  It doesn't matter to them and it doesn't matter to me.  Sure I'll probably turn it on for a bit, but I'll get sick of the announcers, the commercials and the air time the big city teams will get. It's not about the game and it's not about the players.  

Congratulations Chris Young, you deserved this honor all along. It's just a shame that you had to be the poster boy for this marketing blitz.