You have to admire the fans of the Kansas City Royals or make fun of them.
In a country where just 36 percent of the voting eligible population voted in the last presidential election, the lowest since World War II, the fans of the KC nine have managed to vote in eight of the nine starters for the MLB all-star game next month in Cincinnati.
Voting ends on July 2.
Remember this game counts. It determines which league will have home field advantage in the World Series. You may remember Kansas City fell in seven games to the Gigantes in the 2014 fall classic.
This is not stuffing the ballot box at ball parks, where some felt the big market teams had an advantage in the past. Now it’s all done online. Each e-mail address is allowed 35 ballots. A little known fact (I made up), the residents of Kansas City, Missouri lead the world in personal e-mail accounts. Each person has at least 25. Ahhh, it all makes sense.
By the way, I barely have enough patience to answer a multiple choice question to gain entrance to an article I might want to read online, let alone vote for all-stars.
There is nothing fishy according to the ball club. They claim they have a Vote Royals sign which TV cameras can see on their back stop.
Speaking of fish the only non-Royals starter right now is Mike Trout of the Angels.
Commish Rob Manfred says he will not step in; he has a legit hacker problem with the Cardinals raiding the Astros database, allegedly.
Some of the KC players deserve to be at the mid-summer classic. Although second baseman Omar Infante hitting .227, maybe not so much.
So it could be a Royal Flush, although it sounds like the system needs to be flushed.
Major League Baseball won’t hate this too much. We just spent two minutes talking about it.