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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The Orioles want you to stuff the ballot boxWhen I was a kid, I'd range all over Tiger Stadium after a game collecting discarded All-Star ballots and make my family wait for me as I punched out Tiger names in dozens of the things before handing them to a kindly usher or dropping them into the big box at the top of the stairway to the main concourse. But for all my efforts, I never accomplished my ultimate goal: having Tom Brookens start an All-Star Game over George Brett. I'm still kind of bitter about that, but I no longer feel guilty for my failure. I just realize that I wasn't properly incentivized:
Voting is now open at orioles.com for the 2009 MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis -- and the Orioles have some All-Star rewards just for you!
Yeah, bribes are unseemly, but no one will care when Greg Zaun is the AL's starting catcher come July and the Upper Reserve section of Camden Yards is filled with happy fans come August.
And remember: This time it counts!
(thanks to Wooden U. Lykteneau for the heads up)
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 4:57pm
“Other Favorite Team” is code for “Yankees or Red Sox fans, please take these free tickets.”
The Orioles disgust me. Though having ZAUN start the all-star game would be awesome. Or Matt Wieters even if he hasn’t been called up yet. I’m sure there’s some rule against that.
Posted 04/22 at 05:45 PM
Nick Markakis may start anyway. isn’t that enough for a last place team?
Posted 04/22 at 07:43 PM
As a National League fan, I approve of having an all Oriole line up for the All-Star game.
Posted 04/22 at 09:04 PM
Jeff V said...
Keep in mind they are not asking you to vote for the players just list the O’s as a favorite team. I still think its tacky but they arn’t advocating Felix Pie starting the all star game.
Honestly I think they are more worried about empty seats.
Posted 04/22 at 09:18 PM
Ted C said...
You guys are acting as if the Orioles are the only team doing something like this.
Guess what? They aren’t.
Posted 04/22 at 10:39 PM
@Ted C: do you have examples? I know lots of teams exhort fans to vote for their players, I particularly remember hearing the Mets do this over their loudspeaker during games. But I haven’t heard of other teams offering free tickets to fans as a bribe—if this is common practice I’d love to hear about it. Any chance I could get free Red Sox tickets if I vote for David Ortiz?
Posted 04/23 at 12:46 AM
The Rangers are offering ticket bribes as well.
Vote and state the Rangers are your favorite and get a 50% discount code for tickets (up to $33 face) for a Sunday-Thursday game.
Vote the full 25 times on-line and claim the Rangers are your favorite and get two free tickets (up to $25 face).
Posted 04/23 at 02:49 AM
Give me a break. Orioles fans are so uneducated that they’d vote Gregg Zaun 25 times. This boils down to one Nick Markakis, and possibly Brian Roberts and Adam Jones…guys who might deserve to be starting but instead get snubbed because of Johnny Damon.
Posted 04/23 at 11:43 AM
Chris, you have to realize that you yourself have just become far more ignorant than most Orioles fans if you lump every single O’s fan as being uneducated. Markakis, BRob and Jones are definitely worthy of starting in the All-Star game, and Huff may make the team as an alternate.
Posted 04/23 at 12:05 PM
Ha. I made a bit of a [Freudian??!] grammar slip…
“Orioles fans AREN’T so uneducated that they’d vote Gregg Zaun 25 times.”
My main point is that there’s a whole country of ballot stuffers for Robinson Cano, so the O’s gotta do all they can do to level the playing field.
Posted 04/23 at 12:08 PM
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin said...
Oh, dear. Now the Orioles have gone and spoiled the integrity of All-Star Game voting.
IIRC, in the 90s, before AS Game voting went to the interwebs, the Cleveland Indians were notorious for encouraging ballot box shenanigans at the Jake.
Posted 04/23 at 04:20 PM
“Oh, dear. Now the Orioles have gone and spoiled the integrity of All-Star Game voting.”
LOL! Exactly, because beginning the vote when you’re only 15 games into the season really gives you a chance to see who is having a good year and deserves to be at the ASG. Why do we even have the opportunity to vote before May 15th? or maybe even June 1st?
Posted 04/23 at 07:06 PM
The All star game is a joke, period. No promotion like this is going to change the outcome of the voting. At most it gets Nick Markakis the 3rd OF spot. But odds are its going to be your standard Red Sox, Yankees, Angels, Ichiro team. Its a joke you can vote so early, its a joke you can vote more than once, the whole game is a joke.
The only cool part is seeing them all on the same field.
Posted 04/26 at 07:42 PM