In a move that can only be described as justice finally being done, Padres pitcher Chris Young has been voted in to the All-Star game next week. In what can only be described as a Richard J. Daley-esque voting drive, Young received over 4.5 million votes from people who believed he should be the last person on the National League’s All-Star team. The Padres put computers in the concourses at Petco Park to encourage fans to vote. Padres pitcher and Greatest Closer Of All Time Trevor Hoffman says he voted “50 to 75 times” for Young. We even had our own modest contribution to the drive, though McD spaced on the voting deadline and therefore never voted.
We couldn’t be happier for Chris Young. Nevermind that his making the All-Star team never should have come to this. Forget his 2.00 ERA, 8 wins, and near 3/1 strikeout to walk ratio. Young’s ERA since the end of April (his worst month) is 1.18. There ought to be debate about him starting the game instead of leaving things to a vote to make him the last person on the team. And yes, we’re petty enough to let this bother us even though he already made the team. Still, good for you Chris, good for you fans, and good for you Tony LaRussa, you coward.