The surprising Indians, who are three games under .500 at the All-Star break but would be in first place if not for an excremental bullpen, have five players selected for the AL All-Star team (the first AL team with a losing record to have five All-Stars since the 1972 Royals): Victor Martinez, Ronnie Belliard, C.C. Sabathia, Jake Westbrook and Matt Lawton. Every one of them deserve it.`
Other teams are complaining, especially Tribe Central Division foes the Twins and White Sox:
- The White Sox enter the All-Star break with a 5½-game lead over the Indians in the AL Central. The Twins trail the White Sox by a half-game.
Chicago and Minnesota have one All-Star each – Esteban Loaiza from the White Sox and Joe Nathan from the Twins.
“It’s a big thing in our clubhouse,” Loaiza said. “They’re in third place and we’re in first. They have great hitters, but we’re in first place.”
Nathan, the Twins’ closer, said, “We definitely feel we should have had more than one. It’s not taking anything away from Cleveland. They hit the ball great. But we know we have All-Stars on our team.”
Torre, at Monday’s press conference, acted like someone threw a 6-foot rattlesnake at him when he was asked why he put so many Indians on the All-Star team. The questioner obviously didn’t know that the five Indians were invited to Houston by a vote of their peers, coaches and managers. [Cleveland.com]
There’s the answer: they were voted in by their “peers coaches and managers.”
So weep little Twinkies and Wox, get on the floor and bawl, then kiss my ass.
And next year, with the fucking bullpen repaired, the Indians will assume their rightful place at the head of the Central, gazing down with contempt at these pissy pretenders.