While Mark Buehrle supports teammate Paul Konerko’s candidacy for All-Star selection by wearing his “Paul-Star” tee-shirt, Konerko’s only chance to make it will be by winning the fans’ “Final vote.” We’ll know late Thursday whether or not the campaign is successful. Regardless, Konerko’s snub by the league’s brass, namely Ron Washington the AL Manager, really burns my butt. Konerko has a .954 OPS (fourth in the AL) and also resides among league leaders in RBI (62, third), home runs (21, fourth) and batting average (.317, fifth). All this for a very weak offensive team in Chicago. Konerko has kept the Sox afloat all season almost by himself (okay, the starting pitchers are pretty good too). As a ChiSox fan, I love Konerko … one of the best White Sox of ALL-TIME … a really productive throwback player who does it the right way … and a total class act. When a player has these numbers, plus a great track record, it just shouldn’t come to this.
So you’ve seen my pet peeve all-star snub … who’s yours? C.C. Sabathia? Andrew McCutcheon?