This Time It Hashtag Counts

Getting sick of All Star game bellyaching yet? The only thing more tiring than too-clever-by-a-half baseball bloggists complaining about the All Star game is Major League Baseball’s desperate attempt to make the game relevant by attaching some “meaning” to its outcome.

As the history of democracy shows, asking normal plebeians to vote on anything results in the very worst of our human desires outweighing the best interests of the group at large. Or something. Anyway, MLB realizes that All Star ballots and slide shows do boffo internet business so they intently jump on any opportunity to extract page views and increased “brand awareness.” It is a business, as we all well know.

Today is your last opportunity to make your voice heard in baseball’s Final Vote competition, filling the final All Star roster spot with two players of the fan’s choosing. Previously the vote was exclusive to a MLB.com ballot and text option, but now you can take to twitter to hashtag your choice to stardom! Oh, the fun we’ll have.

Fans can get their man into the game by using any number of catchy hashtags, from #VoteYu to #FreesePlease and #brycein12. You can urge MLB to #takeJake or, uh, #votebourn (consider that a movie tie-in opportunity missed, MLB eels.)

Sounds like fun, eh? Opening the voting of a super-important baseball contest like the All Star game to people who complain about getting burt on the Fourth of July.

Can we please, PLEASE, stop trying to make the outcome of this exhibition mean something? Can’t it just be a fun game to watch, featuring famous faces and familiar names? There will always be snubs and snub-related outrage, let’s just drop the pretence and let the game be what it really is: an excuse to sell ad space and luxury boxes. NO WAIT, dammit. A fan experience steeped in tradition and some other such crap.

Comments (5)

  1. My suggestion for making the All Star Game meaningful. Get rid of WS home field advantage.

    Call it the Million Dollar All Star Game.
    Winning team gets $750 000 for their charity. Losing team gets $250 000 for their charity. The players will have something to play for. Adjust dollar value as required.

    For the fans:
    Fans can vote for their All Star MVP and those who picked the selected MVP goes into a draw for money, prizes, etc.
    Do it through social media to drive up interest and more page views, etc.

    Do interactive prop games during the All-Star game online or prizes and whatever.
    Put up targets in the OF stands area and if any HR balls hits them, Fans can win prizes. Use corporate signage for sponsorship, etc

  2. Am I the only one has a tough time understanding the #FinHillVote hashtag?
    I understand what the D-Backs were going for, but it seems like something such as #FinalVoteHill or #VoteHill would be much easier.

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