Everyone had a good old time with the campaign to get Rory Fitzpatrick onto the NHL all-star team. So it seems like a bit of harmless fun for a group of Red Sox fans pushing to fill the all-star team with Lastings Milledge and the rest of the Washington Nationals (through technically Milledge is with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs).
Yeah, it’s a stupid little diversion. But are they stupid like a fox? Remember, the all-star game actually counts™ for home field advantage. So wouldn’t a fanbase so cocky about their team’s chances of making the World Series want to ensure their league has home field advantage? And what better way to ensure that than with the league-worst 7-18 Nationals?
The campaign to stuff the ballot box started, of course, on the Sons of Sam Horn message board.
“As good citizens of NatsTown, I think we need to get as many Natinals on the All-Star team as possible.
“Specifically, Lastings Milledge is on the NL All-Star ballot. He needs to make the team. Nothing would be more NatsTown than having the Natinals’ (lone?) All-Star game representative be a AAA player for whom the organization has no plan.
“How can we make this happen?”
It shouldn’t be particularly hard, as Boston fans are the kings of punching out little holes on paper ballots. How else to explain Jason Varitek’s all-star selection last season?
Now maybe I’m reading too much into this. Maybe it’s just a group of Sox fans inside the Beltway with too much time on their hands. Maybe they’re not smart enough to organize to actually do something to help their team.
You know what? I’m just going to leave it at that sentence.