A-Rod's Cousin wrote:
I'm not savvy enough to figure out how to do the quote thing... but this is an obvious illustration of don't hate the player, hate the game.
There's a quote button at the bottom right of each post
Manuel doesn't deserve criticism based on the rules. His team has been in the last 2 Series and i'm sure he plans on making it 3. Picking guys that he feels will help him win the game is just good management.
In a realistic world, Infante shouldn't be on the All Star roster, but because Selig Ball rules that an exhibition game has an impact on the World Series means Manuel has to manage this game like it's Game .5 -can't blame him there. Just another example of marketing watering down an otherwise good thing, imo, but that's a bigger issue MLB has yet to reel in....
While it's true that this game matters for the playoffs, I still can't think of much reason why he would rather have Infante in there than Votto. Hitting-wise, there's not even a question who is better. Power goes to Votto in a gigantic landslide, and contact does, too.
The only thing I can think of is that Infante is good at coming off the bench and pinch hitting, whereas late in the game, all of the stars on the team aren't going to be used to having to come pinch hit.
If i were in Infante's position (there's a joke there) i wouldn't fake an injury but instead soak up the moment because, as you say, it ain't gonna happen again.
I think it would be awesome if Votto winds up with the first Triple Crown in about 40 years or whatever it is (i'm too lazy to look it up) and isn't technically an "all star".
On a personal note, i won't bore you with the details of the the shit i was taking last year for moving Howard to make room for Votto and how that talk has subsided.....
I'd ultimately probably do the same thing, and yeah, lat year I made a declaration in a Sports group where I've got a 2,000+ post back and forth battle with another guy that Votto would hit 35+ HR's before the season started and he was giving me all sorts of heckling over it, especially after he had his dizzy bouts. This year we get the last laugh!