Congratulations to Dellin Betances and Mark Teixeira, who were chosen to represent the New York Yankees at the 2015 All Star Game. Alex Rodriguez was not selected but, unlike many other fans, that doesn't bother me at all.
What does bother me is that Brett Gardner will have to be subjected to the Final Vote:
I suppose I should be happy he is on the ballot. However, it is very hard to be happy, because this guy always gets short shrift. In my opinion he's the best player no one has ever heard of. He has always been over-shadowed by the high-priced stars he plays with, and over-looked because of the bell-and-whistle-toting outfielders he competes against.
So now Yankee fans have work to do this week. A lot of work. Here are the five candidates on the AL Final Vote ballot:
Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers
Brian Dozier, Twins
Brett Gardner, Yankees
Mike Moustakas, Royals
I am absolutely outraged by this ballot. Why in the world is Mike Moustakas a candidate? Including pitchers, they already have six players on the AL roster. Six! This is total BS.
The other players might not have a chance with Moustakas having the support of Royals fans. I'm already sick to my stomach because of it. But I still voted for Gardner, and I'm going to continue to vote for him. If you haven't had a chance to #VoteGardy, you can do it here:
2015 All Star Game Final Vote Ballot
You have until this Friday at 4pm to make your voice heard. Also, from 10am to 4pm on Friday, each tweet that includes #VoteGardy counts as a vote. Remember, #VoteGardy doesn't count as a vote until Friday. You must go to the link above to cast your vote (early and often) until then!