Judge A.S Snubs, Esq, is Blaming YOU!
Judge A.S Snubs, esq. presiding. All rise, put out your cigarettes and cap that beer...All-Star court is now in session.
Now, sit down.
Let's start with the facts.
- Did Arch Ward really know what he was getting the world into? Probably not. It was 1933, and, everyone was taking juice....for vitamin-C, not the home-run derby. The Chicago Tribune Editor, Ward, created the game, held at Comiskey Park, to coincide with the World's Fair. He based his entertainment idea as a one-time event -"Americas Sport" on showcase to the world. Sounds fair? it was. The popularity of the game turned it into an annual event, which still holds true today. Arch Ward, for his contributions and creation , was honored by the MLB, his name forever associated with the game- the MVP trophy is known as the "Arch Ward Trophy". He was a brilliant mind, and innovator to the movement of the MLB, and no blame should be carried by his legacy. Chicago fans have enough to deal with. Exhibit A - Theo Epstein.
- For the first decade, and change, the public was allowed to spectate the MLB action, and that was all. "You choose" was not a slogan baseball coaches or owners wanted to deal with back in the day. Twitter, Facebook, Karl Ravech and Hunger Games meant nothing back then. America had their past time, and the enjoyment of watching it. Yelling decisions from the stands was common, and accepted, but not penned into the line-up book as concrete knowledge. Was this the right move? Let's revisit this point, after recess.
- In 1947, on the rise of MLB progression such as integrated leagues, owners and officials of the game thought the idea of fans voting for players to represent the All-Star starting line-ups was very cool. The game is about the fans, right? What better way to give back to the baseball community than by anointing its' fans "managers for a day." The idea worked, for a decade. Then, in 1957, as only Ohio peeps can do, Cincinnati Reds fans stuffed the ballot box like your college sock-drawer and managed to get the entire Reds line-up voted in as starters for the All-Star game. Whoops!! Was it was the well-water in Western Ohio, or the Skyline chili, that made these guys so smart? Whatever the case, it was the first sign of what can happen when the kids are allowed to choose what's on the menu. Ford Fick, the MLB Commish at the time, stepped in and removed two of the Reds players from the starting line-up. A drastic measure that was too little, too late. The damage was done, and the fans were put back in the cage, not allowed to vote for another dozen years or so. Motion sustained? No way.
- After lack-of-interest for the All-Star game from the late 50's into the late 60's, fans were given the keys to the car, again, and allowed to vote for the starting line-ups. You want to eat cake for dinner? Fine. Don't come crying when you can't see your feet or get hot dates. You select it, you deal with the outcomes. End-of-story. Currently, the game has taken on a new life, thanks to the home-run derby and celebrity what nots, gaining exposure to people that may not necessary be fans of the game. In the grand scheme of P.R wizardry, I would say the concept of fans calling a percentage of the shots is a valid decision.
- Yes, if you give fans the power to vote there may be abuse of that right, more often than not. While todays fans are educated and twitter-savoy, the relapse of judgment, comedic or drunk, will rear its' fuzzy head, frequently, and the 1957 "Reds debacle" will, and can happen, again. Players will be selected over other players based solely on popularity. Home-field advantage aside, this game is about entertainment. The fans are the paying-force behind the game and, with tickets at the price level they are, it makes perfect, acceptable sense for them to vote in those worth watching. Tony LaRussa and the players have their picks, and usually the picks are corrections from the fan's mistakes. There are 34 players on each team, most of whom would rather be at home or fishing, and that as they say, "is that". It is not a tragedy to be left off one of these things because most of the players are not that into it. Ken Rosenthal can report about this game until his pearly choppers fall out, but, the players could care less. If need be, tears and sniffles noticed, make each team 54 players. Then, if you are left off the team, it's because you suck, or the fans really hate you. Either way, you will get in some fishing.
Sorry fans. Guilty as charged. Arch Ward wanted a game for us all to watch and enjoy. As busy-bee's, we wanted more. More opinion, more clout, more bang for the buck. And, we got it. With power comes blame. Fans blogging about their guy not getting in, or their team being ignored, have only themselves to blame. You want to steer the boat? Then don't cry about not getting to water-ski.
They only solution would be to cease and desist fan voting. And, nobody wants that.
All rise. The dis-honorable Judge A.S Snubs, esq. is exiting the premises. Un-cap your beers and smoke away!