Absolutely Unacceptable

This is so ridiculous I don’t even know where to start. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, the Padres have only one player representing them in the All-Star game this year, Adrian Gonzalez. This is outrageous!!!

First of all, who has the best record in the National League? That’s the San Diego Padres at 49-33. Who is on the top of the NL West and has been for practically the whole season? That’s right, the San Diego Padres. So why, why why why, is there only ONE San Diego Padre on the All-Star team?


Second of all, which pitching staff is like the best in the National League? The San Diego Padres have a group of exemplary pitchers. In my mind, there’s four or five of them who are All-Stars. Sure, they’re young, but they’ve been pitching consistently for a very long time. They’ve proved that they are All-Star worthy. But were they selected for the All-Star game? No, they were not.

I’m very glad that I can’t blame this on the fans, because that would be even more frustrating if we didn’t get them there. We had no say in which pitchers got in, so I can rip into whoever selected them all I want.

I don’t care about the qualifications of the other pitchers that got selected. I don’t care that the manager of the National League is an East coast guy. All I care about here is that we have an abundance of All-Star worthy pitchers here in San Diego and not one of them got picked. Not even HEATH BELL!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is a seriously dis on the city of San Diego and all the hard work that the San Diego Padres have put into this season. This is telling me that what we’ve done this season with the guys we have means nothing. I mean, obviously, the All-Star game is not everything, and it’s not really a measure of a team, but still. With the way we’ve played this season, we deserve to have more players there than we do.

Now, I have never really liked the All-Star game. First, I don’t like it’s placing. Right in the middle of the season is not the best place for it to be. I’ve always hated the fact that our guys have to go and be teammates with all of our rivals (Dodgers, Rockies, etc). I feel like that kind of defeats the point of having opponents in the regular season. I mean, why should you be forced to suddenly be civil with a guy who caused your team to lose just a week ago, or will cause your team to lose just next week? It’s all about that thing where, between the lines, there’s no friendships. There’s no relationships. All there is is baseball and trying to win the game.

I think the All-Star game would be much more appropriate at the end of the season. That way you can look over a player’s performance over an entire season, not just a handful of games. If the All-Star game was at the end of the season, Stephen Strasburg would almost certainly be there. If six games isn’t enough for you, the rest of the season would be.

The All-Star game just bugs me. I know that some people like it, but I really don’t. At all. Not to mention the fact that the American League always dominates.

No doubt, when you think Padres, you think Adrian Gonzalez. And Adrian is very deserving of being there again. But really, Adrian’s not the only player who’s contributed here. We can and have won without him being in the game. We’re fine without him, but we’re just even better than we would have been with him. When he’s in the lineup, we might score a few more runs that we would have without him. But the point is, we can score runs without him. We can win games when he needs a break. This team is really just that: a team. Every player contributes. We aren’t being carried by Adrian. Don’t get me wrong, Adrian definitely deserves this. But what I’m saying is that we have many other players who should be in the All-Star game because they help this team win.

Luke Gregerson, Mat Latos, Heath Bell, you are All-Stars. I don’t care what anyone says. You are All-Stars.

I am so upset about this that I’m going to be boycotting the All-Star game. I wasn’t going to be able to watch it anyways, but I’m still going to boycott it. I’m actually really happy that there’s no way I’ll be able to follow the game. Man.

Whoever’s in charge of the All-Star game, you messed up big time. My boys deserve so much more than this. You have shamed us and our city.




  1. ohy22xd

    Right on! I got so freaking mad when I heard that none of our Padres pitchers are going to the All-Star game. This whole voting is a joke. It’s a bunch of popularity contest and like half of the players shouldn’t go. Not even Heath Bell made it in. What the heck?! I hate being underrated. We just have to push ourselves and vote for him for the final vote. I’m not gonna even watch the All-Star game. That’s how angry I am. Good luck to Adrian though. I guess that just means we’re gonna use this break to get ourselves even better and kick some more butt in the second half of the season. FIRST-PLACE PADRES ALL THE WAY!!

  2. devilabrit

    The problem with the All Star Game is so many worthy players and not enough places, this is why it should have nothing to do with performance, as you say your basically telling one group of people here great job and the rest are getting the message nice job but not good enough, even the fan selections were more popularity than performance. I also think the media has more to do with this than is thought.

    Phillies Outside

  3. crzblue2

    I was shocked that no Padre pitcher was selected. It is…comical how they make the selection. Believe me alot of people are not happy with the selections. I am sure some will be rectified and we will see a Padre pitcher there.
    To tell you the truth, besides Ethier, I rather Jonathan would not go so he can rest.
    But no matter, I am happy to be attending the All-Star this year. This will be my second one. The first was back in 1980 way before you were born.
    If you get a chance, do attend a FanFest. They are a lot of fun

  4. Fenway Bleacher Creature

    I as well felt pain for the Padres, as both Latos and Bell deserve spots. Unfortunately due to the huge mistake of Votto also being placed on the Final Vote and not easily on the All-Star team, things don’t look good for Bell to make it. Either way, the Padres are surprising everyone, and I wish them luck for the second half of the season, as well as to Adrian for the ASG.

    -Fenway Bleacher Creature

  5. southernbelle

    Kaybee: I agree with you. The Padres are the 2nd best team in baseball right now, so they REALLY do deserve more representation. My Yankees have 7 guys, maybe 8 if Nick Swisher wins the final vote. Isn’t Heath Bell still eligible in the Final Vote Campaign? I guess I’ll vote for him 🙂

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