If you have a couple of minutes, would you be so kind as to vote Carlos Ruiz for the MLB All-Star Game? It would mean a lot to me. Just click here and scroll down to Catcher and select Carlos Ruiz. You can vote up to 25 times per email address (and you know you have more than one email address).
Don’t care about baseball? Awesome! That means I’m not asking you to vote for my favorite catcher over your favorite catcher 🙂 Your favorite team’s an AL team? Also awesome! I don’t care who else you vote for as long as you vote for Chooch for NL Catcher.
The early voting results were announced today and Chooch is in fourth (4th!!) place. That is effing criminal. I know that Chooch has never gotten the national recognition that he deserves, but this is ridiculous. He is having a career year and outperforming the three guys (Yadier Molina, Buster Posey, and Brian McCann) who have more votes.
I kinda blame the Phillies for Chooch’s anemic numbers. Instead of doing an all-out Vote for Chooch push, they’ve been doing a Vote for Phillies push. And that is just not doing them any favors. I mean, they put Ryan Howard and Chase Utley on the All-Star Game Ballot, which is wishful thinking at best. I got an email this afternoon that makes me think the team is going to rethink their All-Star Game strategy and go full-on Vote for Chooch, but that may just be wishful thinking on my part.
At least the local media guys and the other players are doing their part to convince people to Vote for Chooch. I saw a bunch of tweets after the results were announced (Freddy Galvis tweeted in English and Spanish). My favorite, though, is the below tweet from Ryan Howard imploring his followers to “cot for choice.” The best part is that, instead of deleting it and tweeting again, he just sent out a follow-up tweet about autocorrect 🙂 (Side note: some of the replies he got from the “cot for choice” tweet, which was clearly the work of autocorrect and also completely understandable, are just awful. People are really, very terrible. I don’t know how athletes manage to stay on social networks for more than 10 minutes.)