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I really don't want to write about the All-Star Game, but I opened my big fat mouth on Twitter last night, so now I feel like I have to address it here since I can use more than 140 characters. It all started because Twitter has been overrun lately by players/teams/fans begging for All-Star votes. So, I tweeted, "I wonder if any of the players up for this All Star vote-in nonsense are embarrassed by these campaigns." This led to several of my followers informing me that teams have joined forces to help get their players voted in. Specifically, the Blue Jays and Braves, Yankees and Nationals, Red Sox and Dodgers, Tigers and Giants (more on this later). Clearly, MLB is behind this -- and it's pathetic. Instead of letting fans make their own decisions and maybe letting, oh, I don't know, MERIT come into play, nonsense like this is going on.
And even more nonsense, like this:
What's even better is that nobody seems to know how this Twitter vote works. People have beenÂ incessantly tweeting the necessary hashtags all week, yet none of the tweets count as votes. The voting is only open on Twitter for a few hours today.
Now, personally, I don't watch the All-Star Game because I have no interest in meaninglesss exhibition games, so I don't care what teams/fans/players do to get in players (except when it takes over my Twitter feed). If you want to spend your time watching Travis Wood face Jason Castro in a game that doesn't count in the standings, bless you. But please don't tell me that the All-Star Game is important because home field advantage in the World Series is on the line when MLB is getting celebrities to influence the vote.
Speaking of influencing the vote, somehow my tweet about the vote-in nonsense turned into a bunch of people telling me that ESPN was trying to get Yasiel Puig voted into the game. I was skeptical of this because the game is on Fox, not ESPN, so I asked for some clarification. I ended up getting columns like this and tweets like these:
After analyzing my mentions, it became clear most of these complaints came from Braves fans, who REALLY want to see Freddie Freeman in the exhibition game. So basically, the last spot on the NL roster has turned into ESPN vs. Rob Gronkowski and Lil Jon. Way to go, MLB!
Celebration/Bizarre Injury Of The Day
Brazilian soccer player Maurides (one name like Madonna), scored his first career goal yesterday. The 19-year-old was understandably excited, so he did a back flip, but injured his knee in the process.
How DARE He!
Forget getting suspended for failing a drug test. Marshall Henderson's biggest transgression yesterday was getting snippy with Erin Andrews.
Lovely Lady Links Roundup
Michelle Vawer, who was in the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, just did this photoshoot. ... Here is the latest work from Victoriaâ€™s Secret model Arlenis Sosa Pena. ... Hot Clicks favorite Lisalla Montenegro continues to prove that she knows how to make good videos.Â
This Is Becoming A Trend
I don't know if it's because everything is filmed these days, but it seems like more and more fans are getting hit in the head with fly balls. It happened again last night in Philadelphia.
Florida State recently got their championship rings for winning the SEC championship.
Bacon Video Of The Day
While we've had some fun at the expense of the ridiculous Rollie Eggmaster this week, I'm sure many of you will want to buy the Bacon Bowl.
Salma Hayek Video Of The Day
The lovely actress sang the national anthem on last night's Late Show with David Letterman. (Thanks to @desertdog7 for the tip.)
Time-Lapse Video Of The Day
This dad filmed his son one second a day for 365 days.
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