Go ahead. Click on the image to the right. Read that email that I got from the Indians this afternoon. Honestly, who was the genius behind this marketing campaign? In what kind of parallel universe can you send out an email like this with a straight face? For those of you who don’t feel like clicking on the image, let me tell you what it says,
“The 2008 All-Star Game is in New York, and the only way to send Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner is to vote him in as the American League’s first baseman. Competition is tough – Pronk and the rest of the Indians need your help!
As of today’s American League ballot update, Pronk is in fifth place among designated hitters – behind Gary Sheffield of the Tigers. VOTE PRONK.”
I don’t know what else to say. The numbers speak for themselves:
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS +---+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+ 46 188 157 19 34 9 0 4 22 23 3 44 4 0 3 3 1 1 .217 .326 .350 .676
If you really think those numbers are All-Star worthy, knock yourself out. But I don’t see the humor in rewarding a guy for failing so miserably at his job. And I also don’t think it’s funny to rub his failures in the face of the fans by doing something as incredibly audacious as asking us to vote him to the All-Star Game. I’ll pass.
At this point, the only member of the 2008 Cleveland Indians who should be a sure-fire All-Star is Cliff Lee. Fausto was on his way, but his injury will hurt his chances. Sabathia has returned to his normal form, but is that enough to overcome his rough start? These are the guys who deserve All-Star consideration. But since we can’t vote on pitchers, the Indians decided rather than leave well-enough alone, they would email us and beg us to help give praise and attention to this experiment gone horribly wrong that is the Cleveland Indians Offense.