I consider it a moral imperative to vote for the All-Star Game. I’ve done it every year since I was seven and I see no reason to stop just because I became a baseball writer.
Yes, you can vote vote on line. But I like grabbing the ballots at a stadium and punching them out.
I vote twice. Once purely on merit and one based on guys I like personally for whatever reason.
My first ballot, the merit one, went like this:
OF: Ordonez, Guerrero, Hunter
OF: Holliday, C. Lee, Griffey.
My second ballot, based on personal reasons:
1B: Wigginton (covered him with the Mets, good guy)
2B: Roberts (covered his father’s college team once)
3B: Lowell (covered him in AA ball, genuinely good person)
SS: Pena (his father punches me in the arm every day and asks what’s up)
C: Posada (it’s a disgrace he’s second to Pudge Rodriguez)
OF: Sheffield (always colorful with the media), Ichiro (coolest player to watch), Swisher (heard a radio interview with him last week and he cut his long hair off to help people with cancer)
1B: Johnson (when he broke his leg last year he was at a rehab hospital in White Plains and was very nice to the kids there)
2B: Matsui (he got a lot of crap in New York and never took it out on the media)
3B: Wright (another good guy)
SS: Reyes (if you don’t love watching Jose Reyes you have a problem, plus when he found out I had Daddy Yankee songs on my iPod he said, “Good for you, man.”)
C: Ausmus (he was very helpful to us scribes when the Astros were in the playoffs)
OF: Cameron (funny guy), wrote-in Cliff Floyd (my favorite guy in the majors), Byrnes (he’s flat crazy)