Alright, this isn't a long post nor a heavily researched post, but I feel it needs to be said.
Why in the world is Omar Infante receiving so much criticism for his All Star Game selection? It's not like he forced Charlie Manuel to be on the team. Manuel made the selection because of Infante's versatility -- after all, not many players can play 7 positions -- and his great ABs coming off the bench. There's probably a good, if not great chance Omar doesn't even play in the game. Though he's been constantly bashed by the media and even a few members of Talking Chop.
This isn't on Omar Infante. This is totally on Charlie Manuel. Infante didn't hold a gun to Manuel's head and said, "Put me on the team or I shoot." I've never once heard a bad thing about Omar, and he appears to be a phenomenal teammate.
Here's what happened yesterday:
"I got a call from Frank Wren, and the first thought I had was I got traded," Infante said through his interpreter, "I was kind of nervous and choked up. By the time Frank told me I was going to the All-Star Game, I thought he was joking around. It took, like, five minutes for me to realize I'm going to the All Star Game."
Oh, and his reaction after the news?
"I was jumping around with my wife and kid. I was so happy. I was shocked. I couldn't believe it."
That's priceless. How could you not root for a guy like that?
Sure, there were better candidates to represent the National League in the All-Star Game. Joey Votto, Jayson Werth, Billy Wagner, and others have had much better seasons. Though all that's been said since noon yesterday was how much of a joke it was that Omar was a 2010 All-Star.
But who's at fault for that? It sure as hell isn't Omar Infante's fault.
Yet somehow, the media and fans across the country are bashing Infante like he did something totally wrong.
That's just stupid, to be perfectly honest.
Congratulations, Omar. You'll never once hear me criticize you for your selection to the Mid-Summer Classic. And I really hope no other Braves fans do either.