First, the good news: Buster Posey is still leading the world in All-Star voting. Why is this important to us? Because we've all chosen a hobby/way of life in which we're rewarded for living vicariously through the successes and accomplishments of men we've never met. It's too late to turn back now. Wooo-hooooo, Buster Posey!
Just over 60,000 votes separate Posey from Yadier Molina, though. Normally I wouldn't have a problem with this because Molina is an absolutely excellent player (.352/.394/.488 with Gold Glove defense), and he deserves to start an All-Star Game at some point. It's just that he can do it when Posey retires for all I care. Back off, Cardinals fans. Don't make us pay off even more shady Russians for hacked votes.
Plus, Molina's all yelly and angry all the time. Posey is more chill-the-hell-out-I-got-this. If this time it counts -- and it most certainly does -- I know which one I want behind the plate.
Other updates include Pablo Sandoval's lead slipping (don't care, broken), Marco Scutaro's deficit shrinking (don't care, broken), and Brandon Crawford not getting closer to Troy Tulowitzki (don't care, other guy's broken, and Crawford's manager gets to pick the replacement). I'm okay if none of those guys don't make the starting squad, though I was about a day away from writing a dozen posts about why it would mean something if Scutaro was voted in.
I guess he might just miss a couple days, though. Sure, that's all it is. And if Scutaro comes back without needing to miss significant time, he'll get our full support.
Scutaro is not just going to miss a couple days. This team is so weird.
Posey's making it regardless, but having the Cardinals fans do a Giants-fan thing to Giants fans? Turnabout is most certainly not fair play. It's rather rude, and we shouldn't stand for it. Though I don't exactly have time to click buttons on the Internet, so I'm stuck here, too.
The latest ballot results from MLB.com:
NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR VOTING
(as of June 16)
Joey Votto, Reds 2,047,945
Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs 1,524,517
Allen Craig, Cardinals 1,191,229
Brandon Belt, Giants 997,066
Freddie Freeman, Braves 924,937
Brandon Phillips, Reds 2,021,277
Marco Scutaro, Giants 1,717,875
Matt Carpenter, Cardinals 1,508,314
Chase Utley, Phillies 982,966
Daniel Murphy, Mets 786,414
Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies 2,443,772
Brandon Crawford, Giants 1,293,476
Jean Segura, Brewers 1,188,317
Pete Kozma, Cardinals 905,976
Andrelton Simmons, Braves 771,665
Pablo Sandoval, Giants 2,180,147
David Wright, Mets 2,053,744
David Freese, Cardinals 1,152,038
Chris Johnson, Braves 829,420
Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals 686,905
Buster Posey, Giants 2,606,434
Yadier Molina, Cardinals 2,543,588
John Buck, Mets 866,471
Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers 630,902
Brian McCann, Braves 627,056
Carlos Beltran, Cardinals 2,385,240
Justin Upton, Braves 2,054,225
Bryce Harper, Nationals 1,981,030
Ryan Braun, Brewers 1,645,094
Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies 1,508,355
Matt Holliday, Cardinals 1,330,471
Andrew McCutchen, Pirates 1,319,419
Hunter Pence, Giants 1,286,163
Shin-Soo Choo, Reds 1,274,755
Angel Pagan, Giants 1,131,176
Carlos Gomez, Brewers 1,027,684
Gregor Blanco, Giants 934,174
Jon Jay, Cardinals 884,323
Domonic Brown, Phillies 837,748
B.J. Upton, Braves 733,744