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Justin Upton the Padres' newest All-Star: “I don’t care about All-Stars at all"

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Major League Baseball forces managers to choose at least one player representative from each team to be an All-Star.  So Justin Upton will represent the Padres It's weird because the hollow gesture is meant to be fulfilling for us as fans in some way.  I don't think the players even think much of it.  Take Upton for instance.

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"I don’t care about All-Stars at all," said Upton

You and me both Justin Upton.  Sure he said that after a bad series against the Mariners, but still it rings true today.

I didn't bother voting this year because I knew our votes wouldn't make any kind of difference in the grand scheme of things.  The only reason I would care is if any of the Padres were legitimately deserving of their All-Star status, but again this year, it just wasn't the case.  Upton has had a good year but it's been on a bad team and even his start power can't burn the a thick marine layer of losing that hangs over the season.

The Union-Tribune tells us that the last time a Padre saw playing time in the All-Star game was in 2011 when Heath Bell did that embarrassing slide into the pitcher's mound.  Tony Gwynn was the last player to be voted into a game in 1999.  Jake Peavy was picked to start in 2007 and got lit up.  It's been a long time since we Padres fans have had a fond memory of the mid-summer classic.

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"It marks the midway point. Obviously, they thought I was playing well enough to make the All-Star team," Upton said. "With that, it's kind of bittersweet. I wish we were playing a little bit better. But I'm going to go to Cincinnati, take it all in and enjoy my time there."

Man, what a downer of a quote.  This season has become, such a drag.  There's nothing to be happy about is there?  Oh and just think, there's a good chance Upton is traded before the deadline, so enjoy him while you can.  We won't see a power hitter the likes of him for a while.