It's been four weeks since Major League Baseball opened the ballot boxes for this year's All-Star Game, which means we're due for an update on the vote count. Surprising absolutely no one, there's not a single Padres player on top. Instead, the voting has been dominated by baseball's best fans, with four Cardinals looking to win starting jobs in Cincinnati. Notably, Matt "Never touched home plate" Holliday ranks second among outfielders while two-time All-Star Justin Upton languishes in ninth place. But that's not the worst injustice perpetrated by El Camino driving Ozarks-dwellers. No, the absolute crime is that Yadier Molina is leading the race for catcher while Derek Norris trails by nearly 600,000 votes. Also ahead of Norris are Buster Posey, Miguel Montero, and A.J. Pierzynski. Padres stat whiz Patrick Kurish has neatly summed up why this is unacceptable.
Now, this sort of injustice isn't unexpected. Padres fans have had precious little worth voting for the last few years, and that leads to apathy. I didn't even vote once until today. But voting is easier than ever! You just have to fire up the ballot, fill out your selections (you don't even have to pick one for every position; I ignored the Arena League side of the ballot), and in five minutes you can vote thirty-five times. And then you can enter another email address (you're all hip to the internet and have like seven, right?) and do it again. So get out there and stuff the ballot box. Because you can either have a guy without a homer at backstop, or you can have this guy.