KC Royals #VoteWhit Counterpoint: Nooooooooope
By Colby Wilson
I’m sure this is fun. I’m just not getting on board the KC Royals-#VoteWhit shenanigans.
Listen. KC Royals infielder Whit Merrifield is a nice young man (I assume).
He’s a reasonably good ballplayer (I suppose).
And he’s not an All-Star (I am certain).
When the KC Royals were good, this was kind of fun. Even though he wasn’t particularly good in 2015, Alcides Escobar, All-Star, was fun. #VoteOmar was a little less fun, considering he was pretty garbage at the time, but Omar Infante was and is a pretty likable guy and hey, the team was still good and he was a part of that, so that counts for something.
At present, this KC Royals team is butt. I’m sorry if you’ve been living off the grid in Southeast Asia and this is how you found out.
I implore you to see reason here. This is tons of fun when you’re good, or even when you’re hilariously bad, and especially if you’re thumbing your nose at a much-despised entity (Google “John Scott NHL” for details). But when your stuck in the middle and hemorrhaging fan support and attempting to decide what to do next, maybe shameless, ham-fisted ballot-stuffing isn’t the move.
(I don’t support ballot-stuffing of any kind for one reason: it’s the kind of thing that makes super-serious men in suits look at something innocuous and demand it be changed. Continuing to stuff the ballot is a good way to get the fan vote rendered useless (like in the NBA) or taken away entirely, because God forbid people use democracy to vote for a hilarious joke and oh God 2016 Presidential election, it all makes sense now.)
A Modest Alternate Proposal
If your collective hearts are set on ballot-stuffing, let’s really do something fun and rebellious, something that could even be a little heartwarming: let’s stuff the ballot for Salvador Perez. Salvy certainly deserves it, and he could bring Yordano Ventura‘s mom along for the ride as well, continuing what has become a touching relationship and keeping his memory alive not just for KC Royals but across baseball.
(I tried to just write-in Yordano Ventura in the DH spot. MLB.com refused to recognize its legitimacy.)
Next: The Point to my Counterpoint
#VoteSalvy (and by extension, Yordano).