BREAKING: The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is broken.
I know this is news to nobody, but these MLB All-Star games have become absurd. I’ve finally had my fill of this fallacy known as the “Mid-Summer Classic”. From top to bottom, the All-Star game is a joke.
There is nothing pure, authentic or meaningful about it, and the only thing “classic” about it is how grossly inadequate it is.
Do we get to see the best players pitted against each other? No. Who is to blame for that? The fans.
Let me ask you something. If you asked your child what they wanted for dinner every night, what would they say? Something tells me you’re not going to get much in terms of healthy eating or variety. My guess is you’re going to be eating a lot of pizza.
The same concept holds true about fan voting for the All-Star Game. We, as fans, often ignore what is best for baseball (dinner), and take the selfish route of voting purely for our own team’s players (pizza).
What used to be an awesome display of the very best the business had to offer has morphed from a true All-Star Game, to a popularity contest, to a fan contest. Where it used to be about who is dominating the game, it is now about which fan base can stuff the most ballot boxes.
Since I don’t like to be the guy that complains without offering legitimate solutions, I’ll provide you with a few to chew on.