I’m back and I want you to vote.

So I haven’t been a good blogger lately, instead of adding things here I’ve been doing things every where else. On twitter, flickr, tumblr, google reader and even a little bit of facebook.

Now about the voting…..

All Star First Vote 2010No this isn’t about the tea partiers no matter how hillariously misguided they might be, this is about the 2010 Major League All Star Game which I just voted for. What follows is who I voted for and why, I hope you enjoy.

So why did I vote for who I voted for?

Well normally I despise all star voting in April as it’s too early in the season, but I made a mistake this time since the Angels are hosting. Yes I am a homer, and my voting shows that.

Now I want to be open and honest, I didn’t research this at all, I just shot from the hip. And, when the AL team left me scratching my head I just went with the Angels in most cases.

With the formalities out of the way here’s who I voted for and why.

American League

1B – Kendry Morales – Angels
He’s not having a very hot beginning of the season but then again I don’t know of any AL first baseman who I like who are. That’s not to say I don’t like Kevin Youkilis or Mark Teixera, I just hate their teams.

2B – Howie Kendrick – Angels
Howie is by far the hottest hitter on the Angels and the most clutch player they have not named Hideki Matsui. This wasn’t a homer type vote, I’ve just been that impressed.

SS – Erick Aybar – Angels
He may not be spectacular so far this year but he’s been very solid and so far he’s making us not miss Chone Figgins. So it’s a homer vote just not a huge one.

3B – Evan Longoria – Rays
Need I say more? I don’t know his stats and I’ve only seen about one AB this year but Evan impresses every time I see him. And, he isn’t named ARod, nor is he linked to steroids.

DH – Hideki Matsui – Angels
All he does is hit, especially in pressure situations. He’s also made the loss of Vladimir Guerrero barely noticeable.

OF – Nelson Cruz – Rangers
He’s been hitting for average and power and stealing some bases for Texas, as an Angels fan he scares me.

OF – Franklin Gutierrez – Mariners
On a team that hasn’t been playing incredible baseball he’s been Seattle’s lone bright spot, all while playing spectacular defense, like Cruz he scares me.

OF – Austin Jackson – Tigers
As a rookie a top the Tigers order he’s played incredibly well. High average, solid defense and I believe a nice little hitting streak.

C – Jeff Mathis – Angels
Mathis has been the starter so far this year for the Halos and for a guy who’s primarily known for defense he has outperformed all offensive expectations. It’s hard to not vote for Joe Mauer but Mathis is finally playing like we all expected he could.

National League

1B – Albert Pujols – Cardinals
He is so talented, he makes me feel bad for Adrian Gonzalez who would start every All Star game if not for Albert.

2B – Chase Utley – Phillies
He’s always a great player and he’s local. I have no idea what his stats are but he’s a great player.

SS – Hanley Ramirez – Marlins
One of the best 5 tool players period.

3B – ????? – ?????
I have no idea how I missed this one.

C – Bengie Molina – Giants
No one stood out to me so I went with the Angels old catcher who’s always solid in San Francisco.

OF – Jason Heyward – Braves
He has shown why he was the number 1 prospect in baseball. This is more a vote for his future than how he’s playing now.

OF – Matt Kemp – Dodgers
It pains me to vote for a Dodger but he’s been that good.

OF – Andrew McCutchen – Pirates
He’s the brightest spot on a team full of possible surprising players. Truth be told however, no matter how good McCutchen is, I just forgot to vote for Andre Ethier.

So there you have it, vote early and vote often everyone, I know I will.

nothing is arbitrary

It’s weird how quickly things can change in your head based on unimportant minutiae.

Thursday night I went to see the Angels play and they had a chance to gain a share of the division title, they played wonderfully and ended up winning, and we ended up buying tickets for the next nights game in hopes of seeing them win the division outright.  They didn’t do it but I was still happy.

I point this out because in the grand scheme of things that is life, what occurred means nothing.  Sure entertainment is important but it is hardly the most important thing, unless maybe you’re in the industry I guess.

I remember leaving the park at the completion of the game on Thursday and being so extraordinarily happy, even remarking about how it was crazy that something so unimportant could make  someone feel this good.

The next night I was hardly thinking the same thing as the team got flat out dominated by their opponents but still that loss meant nothing as far as my overall health and well being.

You see its not important what you do for fun, its not important what your neighbors do for fun.  We all need to enjoy ourselves and have fun but also understand that these fleeting moments  while important are not the most important things in life.


For those of you who know me, you know I am a baseball fanatic, heck I even currently have an Angels logo posted on this very page in the sidebar.  Anyways I love the Angels, especially the team of 2002.  Well last night one of those storied Angels, Scott Spiezio made his major league pitching debut.  He’s always been a utility guy with starting stints at various stops.  But this is his debut as a pitcher.  Final stats weren’t bad a walk and nothing else in one inning of work.

Before I post the link I want to point out that unfortunately windows media player is required for the clip, so if you don’t have it don’t click.

Click here to watch all the action.

Oh and thanks to HalosHeaven.com and user 101Halo for the heads up.