Catching: Bugs Bunny, Third Base: Bugs Bunny, Shortstop: Bugs Bunny, Second Base: Bugs Bunny, First Base: Daffy Duck?
Major League Baseball announced the lineups for this year’s All-Star Game, and there’s a rather glaring omission in the list of Yankee infielders on the squad:
- Alex Rodriguez (starting third base)
- Derek Jeter (starting shortstop)
- Robinson Cano (starting second base)
- Russell Martin (backup catcher)
Missing from the lineup: first baseman Mark Teixeira, who has hit 25 home runs, 65 RBIs, .353 OBP, and in the field looks on pace to win his third consecutive Gold Glove.
When will this sort of discrimination against the Yankees stop? Sure, Curtis Granderson is starting in the outfield, too, and Mariano Rivera will, of course, be in the bullpen. But it’s embarrassing to the entire sport that the game’s best and hardest-hitting first baseman won’t be playing in the All Star game — a game whose outcome will determine whether the Yankees will have home field advantage against the Phillies come October.
(Also ripped-off: Yankee reliever David Robertson, with a 1.08 ERA and 53 strikeouts.)