This weekend’s matchup to advance for a chance at Face of MLB supremacy is between Houston Astros‘ Second Baseman Jose Altuve and Giants‘ Catcher Buster Posey. Based on talent alone, Posey should win this round, yet at the time of this writing, he is down by a sizeable margin, 68% to 32%.
Why is this on Swinginas? Believe it or not, we A’s fans are not fond of the Giants. For Christmas, a Giants’ friend of mine got me a Buster Posey jersey-shirt. The beauty of this was that she bought it at the Giants’ team store, so if I return it, I can only get more Giants’ stuff. I still haven’t decided what to do with it. But alas, I digress.
Buster Posey is a great person, and an amazing player, but he’s a Giant. But don’t let that be the only reason you vote.
Jose Altuve is a very talented player as well, he has just been on a mediocre team the past few seasons. Altuve plays with a lot of heart, and never lets the losing get him down.
He also plays in the AL West, and at least for me, there is a begrudging respect towards the teams in our division. I have rooted for the Angels in the World Series (granted they were playing the Giants) and also for Texas in the World Series (once against the Giants, once against the Cardinals). I root for these teams because I know them the best out of the remaining teams in the playoffs, and NEVER while the A’s are still in the hunt.
Looking ahead, the winner of this matchup faces the winner of the Troy Tulowitzki/Eric Sogard matchup on Tuesday. Sogard matched up with either of these players would be a fun round of voting for the fans.
For this weekend, I say the fans of Houston and those in the East Bay unite and knock out this baby-faced, all-star and all around good guy in Buster Posey. It’s nothing personal Buster, just some good natured fun. Grab some pine, meat.