For the second straight year, David Wright is in line to be snubbed from the starting NL lineup in the All-Star game. And for the second straight year, the public outrage ensues. But who’s to blame for this fiasco and what can be done to fix it?
When this first happened last year, fans took to Twitter and Facebook to file their grievances with anyone who would listen. “How could David Wright be snubbed from the starting lineup?”
Now, a year later, arguably the best third baseman in the National League is about to be left off the starting roster of the All-Star game—one that’s taking place in his own building.
For Mets, this should be a sign of trouble. The fan base should be disappointed that they can’t even put their own All-Star 3B in the game as a starter. But what will they do? Hit the internet and complain that it’s all Bud Selig’s fault for creating this system that allows the fans to vote.
A fair gripe to have with the commissioner, but the finger shouldn’t stop there. It should turn around and point at the person doing the complaining.
The reason we see Pablo Sandoval in the All-Star Game as the starter is because his team and his fan base gets out and votes for him. Wright’s problem: not a strong enough fan base to compete with the likes of the Giants.
And this has so much more to do than an All-Star Game. If a team can’t get a fan base to do a simple thing like vote a player into a game, how can they expect this fan base to pay their hard earned money to watch a team that hasn’t been playing well as of late? A fan base is supposed to support and rally around a team and their players no matter what. That’s not the case here. There is a distance between the fans and the players. Fans should want to vote their players into the game, as it is sense of pride for being a fan of that team. Added is the fact that game is here in New York, in our building.
Being the negative person in the room has never been the goal of mine. But someone needs to ask the questions that are part of the reason the Mets are in the mess they are in. They don’t have much talent now a days as it is, shouldn’t be our job as fans to give the respect to the players on this team that have the talent, like David Wright and Matt Harvey?
By not voting in a player into an All Star Game, it sends a strong message to the rest of baseball. Most of baseball would state that David Wright deserves to start the All-Star Game, but his own fans can’t even rally around him.
This is only part of the problem, but it shows that as fans we aren’t connected with are team. There are those fans out there that will vote Wright in as many times as they can. And they should get their credit, but there aren’t that many of them.
It’s a sad state of affairs here in the Big Apple. The least we can do is vote our captain and our leader into the All-Star Game as the starting third-baseman at Citi Field. Take note Mets fans, the entire baseball world is watching. Do the right thing, unite as one and show the rest of baseball that Mets fans are loud and proud of whom they are.