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Saturday, July 07, 2012
Merely a fece in the crowd…
Really, what can you say when a San Francisco 3rd baseman is getting outhit by a New York first baseman by 60 points and out polls him in the All-Star balloting by 1.6 million? The area from which the Mets pull their support is about 8 times more populous than the one the Giants draw on. Does this indicate a laziness on the part of New York fans? Apathy? I don’t know what else you can call it.
But we can’t put this off just to New York fans. David Wright has been in the league 9 years to Sandoval’s 5, and he has been one of the NL’s best players for nearly that entire stretch. How could fans in other NL cities not know that Wright is a great player and, by a mile, the best 3rd baseman in the league?
All this just goes to prove that the old prejudice about New York players, that they always get favorable treatment in the All-Star game and MVP voting, is nonsense. And it also proves that the old saying about New York as the country’s best baseball city is also nonsense. Josh Hamilton set an All-Star record of more than 11 million votes. What kind of country do we live in where New York fans couldn’t give David Wright at least half of that? A big wrong doesn’t make Wright.
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