Glad to see everyone talking about Russell in the comments after Sunday’s game. He’s clearly becoming one of the best all-around players in the league, but you wouldn’t know it from the All-Star balloting results that came out today. He’s only ranked fourth among NL catchers, which is a joke I must say, with all due respect.
The guy is leading NL catchers in just about every category that exists except votes for the ASG. I’m not sure if it’s because he’s young, plays on the West Coast or that other teams do a better job of getting out the vote, but it’s hard to even fathom him ranking fourth on a list of NL catchers. So, while I’m sure you’re tired of the constant campaigning, I have to implore everyone to vote for Russell up to 25 times with each email address. Campaigns like this have worked the last two years in bringing visibility to Cesar Izturis and Nomar Garciaparra, both of whom were deserving All-Stars and got to the Midsummer Classic because of you all.
I know that it is ridiculous for us to have to solicit votes like this, but as long as the starters are determined in this manner, you’ll continue to see us trying to get out the vote.
Anyway, getting off the soapbox for a moment, yesterday was a nice off day and I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day and at least got a few moments to think about the significance of the holiday. Fittingly, the Dodgers headed to the nation’s capital for the next three games and will be visiting Walter Reed Memorial Hospital tomorrow and the Pentagon on Thursday.
I’m not on this trip, as I split them with our Assistant Director of PR, Joe Jareck. But he’s going to keep us in the loop with lineups and I’ll continue to blog from the West Coast.