In theory, an all-star game should be a showcase of the best talent in whatever sport the game is being played. In today’s world, however, this is hardly the case. All-star games have become more about a popularity contest than it has anything else.
Take for instance the Major League Baseball All-Star game. Just last night while watching the Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals game, the broadcasters were begging fans to log on and vote for their team’s players to make the all-star game.
While in theory, this practice is all fine and well, it takes away from the true meaning of an “all-star” game. This is not to say, though, that the best players still don’t make the team. I’m just saying, the most deserving may not always get the start they deserve.
Let’s take a closer look at one such instance where this seems to be the case. In the National League, the race for the 1st base starter is down to five very deserving players; Joey Votto (Cincinnati), Brandon Belt (San Francisco), Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona), Freddie Freeman (Atlanta) and Adrian Gonzalez (Los Angeles Dodgers).
Currently, Joey Votto is the leading vote getter; and it’s not even close. He currently has a 2:1 lead over second place Brandon Belt. Paul Goldschmidt is 3rd, over 500,000 votes behind.
While Votto has all-star numbers, he doesn’t have the best Triple Crown numbers at his position. That distinction goes to the Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt.
Currently, Goldschmidt leads the Majors in RBI’s with 53 (he added 4 more last night against the Cardinals on a grand slam), 5th in the National League in batting average at .336 and 4th in homeruns with 14. He leads all National League 1st basemen in all three categories.
So why is it Paul Goldschmidt is sitting in a distant 3rd in all-star fan voting? I think it comes down to a very simple response; both the Reds and Giants have cult followings. The Giants have won 2 of the last 3 World Series, including last season, and the Reds have a history as rich as the next team.
This isn’t to say the Diamondbacks have no support. Hell, just in the Phoenix area alone they have the entire city captivated. They are a franchise that won a World Series just four years into existence. However, the Reds and the Giants have a NATIONAL following the Diamondbacks just can’t claim.
So here’s the deal, since I am trying to take this website to a national and respected level, I say this; VOTE FOR PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT! If you are like I am, and want to see an all-star game for what it is meant to be, vote for the best player. Vote for the most deserving guy. Vote Goldschmidt!