Ok, I'm trying this again. MLB and Fox's claim that, "This time it counts!" is pretty much embraced by no one, yet Selig insists that it's the only logical way to determine home-field advantage for the World Series. Bravo Sierra, I say.
However, since MLB continues to ignore logic on this (shocking, I know), maybe fans can take matters into their hands to show how truly stupid the idea is. As fans of a National League contender, I say we try to put the worst starting 8 for the A.L. on the field as possible. If the Cubs do happen to win the pennant, maybe that would give them home-field advantage. If not, well, maybe MLB would start to see the folly in this arrangement.
To make this work, we'd have to vote for the same team. It's very early in the season (as some on this board tend to forget), but the ballot is out, so I looked at stats, considered who is likely to come back and have a good first half. I also considered a fan favorite who probably won't be ASG worthy but has a shot to get in, anyway.
Here are my suggested picks:
1B -- Davis (TEX)
2B -- Casilla (MIN)
3B -- Beltre (SEA)
SS -- Izturis (BAL) no pun intented
OF -- Gutierrez (SEA)
OF -- Gomez (MIN)
OF -- Griffey (SEA)
C -- Zaun (BAL)
As far as the N.L. goes, I'd say vote any way at all. I'm not in favor of stuffing the ballot box to get 8 Cub starters, but then I wouldn't have been in favor of what I'm suggesting above a few years ago.
So, can we show Selig and the Fox network what happens when too much importace is given to an exhibition game?