I take my All-Star ballot pretty seriously. When I am casting my All-Star ballot I consider who is the best this year and who is the best historically. Ichiro gets my vote every time because he is a first ballot Hall of Famer and an All-Star game without Ichiro is like sex without waffles. As much as I may personally hate Alex Rodriguez for being a tremendous douche, I normally vote for him because he is the best at his position. However, when it comes to my favorite players I am a bit bias. I voted for Mike Cameron last season, every time and despite him being injured at the time of voting I voted for Rickie Weeks every time. The All Star Game is a time for your favorite players, hopefully the best players to shine on the biggest possible stage and that's why this year I say we vote Rickie Weeks on the team.
I know that people have mixed feelings about Rickie Weeks. He's a letdown for a #1 pick, he's injury prone and he's not that good of a defender. That's fine, you are all entitled to your opinion but the truth is you can't ignore the facts. You're not CNN (joke © Al's Ramblings). Before he got injured last season Rickie Weeks was the Brewers MVP. In just 37 games he hit 9 homeruns and had an OPS of .857. He was on pace for a monster season. His detractors said that it was just a fluke, but so far this season he has picked up right where he left off. While these early season numbers that shouldn't be taken too seriously, it's hard to ignore his two homeruns and 1.046 OPS. If this was a movie now would be about the time that Morpheus says that "he is starting to believe." Rickie Weeks is figuring this out and he is making a huge difference in this Brewers lineup.
Will this last forever? I don't know. Will he still be a Brewer in a couple seasons with Brett Lawrie playing the same position and hitting well in the minors? I don't know. What I do know is that so far this season he is one of the few bright spots on the team and I think it's about time we reward him for it. Hell, we rewarded Corey Hart for it and he wasn't nearly this good. (Yeah, I said it.) How do we reward Rickie? How can we possibly let Rickie Weeks know that we appreciate everything he is doing? How can we let Rickie know that we like him, we really really like him?
WE ARE GOING TO MAKE RICKIE WEEKS AN ALL-STAR
Look, I know the All-Star vote is kind of a silly thing to get behind. The game is ultimately pointless, but that doesn't mean that it isn't cool. Being an All-Star is an honor and I think Rickie Weeks deserve that honor, but it's not going to be easy. A lot of people are voting and it's hard to get ahead of some of the favorites, but I think we can do it and I think Rickie Weeks is worth trying for. If we were to try this with Prince, it wouldn't work. Pujols is going to start at first base until he dies. If we tried this with Casey McGehee, I doubt it would work because he's not getting many out of town votes and the Kung Fu Panda/Mark Reynolds/David Wright triumvirate is too good. Second base though? We can do second base. I know we can.
Here's who we're dealing with:
Clint Barmes, COL: Sucks.
Mike Fontenot, CHC: No way the Chicago fan base gets behind this guy. He doesn't even start every game.
Kaz Matsui, HOU: Sucks.
Skip Schumaker, STL: Does he even start at second base?
Luis Castillo, NYM: Maybe in 2001.
Akinori Iwamura, PIT: Ha, nobody votes for those losers. (I'm talking about Pirates, not Japanese people.)
Brandon Phillips, CIN: Sucks.
Dan Uggla, FLA: After he had all those errors, do you really think he's getting voted back in? Ever?
Blake Dewitt, LAD: Only in his dreams. (Not the ones about Matt Kemp and Rhianna asking him to be in a devil's three way. His other dreams.)
Kelly Johnson, ARI: Wait, Arizona has a team? In the major leagues?
Martin Prado, ATL: He's pretty good, but he's the kind of guy you forget exists.
David Eckstein, SDP: He's still playing?
Adam Kennedy, WAS: AND he's still playing?
Freddy Sanchez, SF: Good one.
And the only person we need to worry about is...
Chase Utley, PHI: The incumbent.
He's going to get votes and lots of them. Take a look at last year's final voting:
1. Chase Utley, Phillies, 5,027,029
2. Orlando Hudson, Dodgers, 1,703,710
3. Rickie Weeks, Brewers, 1,355,204
4. Skip Schumaker, Cardinals, 1,191,954
5. Dan Uggla, Marlins, 893,916
But you know what? Screw him. Five million votes is a lot, but you do realize who #3 was right? 1.35 million votes while being injured and only playing 37 games is a lot. And that was without a major campaign from a middling-baseball blog! If Rickie keeps playing like he's playing and we do what I believe we can then Rickie Weeks will be an All-Star! No I don't believe it, I know we will make Rickie Weeks an All-Star!
Need further convincing? Here's an inspirational speech I found by some famous guy who overcame the odds that I think perfectly sets the tone for what we are trying to do here.
We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can withstand the power of millions of voices calling for change.
We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who will only grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks to come. We've been asked to pause for a reality check. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.
But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. For when we have faced down impossible odds; when we've been told that we're not ready, or that we shouldn't try, or that we can't, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people.
Yes we can.
Did you just read that? Don't you feel like going out and doing something!?
(Yes, you do!)
Aren't you tired of Chase Utley and his oppressive domination of the National League 2nd Baseman All-Star ballots?
(Yes, you are!)
Isn't it about time we made real change and put someone in that slot that AMERICA can get behind?
(Yes, it is time!)
THEN LET'S GET OUT THERE AND VOTE PEOPLE!
Go to this website right now and vote for Rickie. Don't vote once like you do in a stupid election, vote 25 times like I did! And then when you wake up tomorrow and you realize that the things about your life that you hate still haven't changed, log on and vote 25 times again! I'm old enough to know that we can't change the world. Some things will always be the way that they are, but I am wise enough to know that we can make a difference. That difference is Rickie Weeks in the All-Star Game. We can make that difference, YES WE CAN.