My 2009 All Star Game Ballot

First–I have spent so much time focusing on the Sox and their AL East foes, I’m seriously out of the loop on many teams. It was hard to identify anyone I knew at several positions on the National League ballot–much less assess their play.

Secondly–I can vote up to 25 times on-line. Someone from Chicago created this system, right?

Here goes:

American League:

Catcher: Jason Varitek, Sox
First: Kevin Youkilis, Sox
Second: Dustin Pedroia, Sox
Short: Orlando Cabrera, A’s
Third: Mike Lowell, Sox
OF (pick three): Jason Bay, Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, Sox
Coco Crisp, Royals

non-Sox votes at short and one outfield. Both selections are solid ex-Sox. 2004 championship team member Cabrera should NEVER have been allowed to leave and I always liked Coco, a great defensive player who had some key catches in the 2007 championship.

National League:

Catcher: Jason Kendall, Brewers
First: Prince Fielder, Brewers
Second: Dan Uggla, Marlins
Short: Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
Third: David Wright, Mets
OF (pick three): Rick Ankiel, Cardinals
Kosuke Fukudome, Cubs
Manny Ramirez, Dodgers

I liked the Brewers last year, so they got a couple picks (I might be the only one in the world not voting for Albert Pujols at first.) Love the Ankiel comeback story (PED’s be damned), Uggla and Wright only people I knew at those positions, how can you vote against the best name in baseball “Ko-Sooo-kay Foo–koo-doh-may!” Hanley Ramirez, once the prized possession of the Sox farm system–his trade brought us Lowell and Beckett. We will always be in his debt for the 2007 championship.

That leaves Manny Ramirez. Many folks in Boston have made him an enemy for the mercenary way he forced his trade out of town. Yes, it was probably time to go. But I loved Manny and I still do. Manny being Manny brought me many smiles and two championships. It’s hard to recover from a painful and messy break-up, but Sox fans–lighten up! Remember the good times.

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