The pessimists have life branded as a giant high school cafeteria. Judgements are based on whispers and glances, and the beautiful people are invited to the best table while the misunderstood are banished to the corner.
The MLB All-Star Game is no different. Numbers are forgotten and replaced with which players “SportsCenter” has shown the most or what character they’ve been branded in ESPN’s play.
A.J. Pierzynski gets the part of the villain, although he’s done nothing but play the game correctly with a cocky smirk. David Ortiz is the good guy, although he’s been tied to performance enhancing drugs, because ESPN loves showing pictures of him smiling.
Despite numbers, Pierzynski has no chance of making the All-Star Game thanks to his smile being a smirk.
It’s a beauty pageant which counts for home field advantage of the World Series.
There are some intelligent sports fans, but, as a whole, sports fans are ridiculous with unjustified reasoning behind their ideas. Being a good fan of a team does not mean throwing logic in the closet and believing things that are not true.
These people are in charge of putting the starting lineup of a game that will judge what team gets an extra home game in the World Series?
One game should not be the judge of something as important as the World Series. Fans should not be in charge of putting the starting team on the field for that one game, and players from teams that have no chance of making the World Series should not have to be part of deciding the fate of the World Series unless they are great players.
If you’re going to make the game count, the fans should not be voting, but the game counts, so people watch and the fans vote, so even more people will watch the players they voted for and every team gets represented so even the fans with nothing at stake watch the game.
It’s not good enough for the people to get to watch the show they want, but they get to watch their favorite episode.
Unfortunately, no one has told MLB that ratings have gone down in fine fashion since 2008.
Ratings were at a 9.3 in 2008, 8.9 in 2009, 7.5 in 2010 and 6.9 in 2011. There were more than 14-and-a-half million viewers in 2008 and 11 million viewers in 2011.
The only number MLB cares about, it is ignoring.
I guess it makes sense to put the fate of the World Series in the hands of fans who don’t pay attention to the right numbers, either.