Vote for Bengie. Now. Go on. Ill Wait.
Let’s get Bengie on the All-Star Team. He is the heart and soul of this Giants team. Even when he’s struggling at the plate, Bengie contributes to every game – and every win — in ways that don’t show up in the box score. No one is more respected in the clubhouse than Bengie.
It’s time we do something for him – get out the vote. Tell all your friends. Vote as many times as you can.
Here’s a great column by Paul Gutierrez, a writer for the Sacramento Bee (and the great Amy Gutierrez’s husband). He captures perfectly why we should vote for Bengie.
SAN FRANCISCO – Walked into AT&T Park on Tuesday afternoon, was making my way to the press box through the bowels of the waterfront park when a stand filled with colorful paper caught my eye.
Major League Baseball’s 2009 official All-Star ballot.
So I opened it up, gave it a once, twice, three-times over and punched out one “chad,” the one pick I am most confident of seven weeks before the Midsummer Classic.
NATIONAL LEAGUE. CATCHER. B. MOLINA. GIANTS.
Say what? Atlanta’s Brian McCann has better statistics, and Bengie’s not even the best catcher in the N.L. West (paging the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Russell Martin), let alone in his own family (St. Louis’ Yadier Molina is all the rage)? Maybe. But while the All-Star Game’s starters are rightly in the fans’ voting hands, those same fans have the opportunity to do the right thing. That is, to vote Bengie in as the senior circuit’s starting catcher.
“It would mean the world to me, amazing, a dream come true, the best,” he said. “But the way I’m playing right now … ” Molina’s voice trailed off, and that was before the first update on All-Star balloting was released and he was not in the top five. Instead, Yadier led with 451,368 votes, followed by Milwaukee’s Jason Kendall (383,773), Houston’s Iván Rodríguez (292,496), Martin (261,917) and McCann (227,564).
Molina has a vote in this corner, however, and more than a few in the Giants’ clubhouse. Brian Wilson, who last year said neither he nor Tim Lincecum would have been All-Stars without Molina, has some advice for Giants fans.
“They should talk to fans from other teams,” Wilson said. “They should get people from other states to start voting (for Bengie).
” ‘Deserving’ is a tough word. No one ever deserves to be an All-Star – you earn it … he’s done everything in his power to earn it.”
Sure, Molina’s in a bad stretch at the plate, 2 for his last 34. But he got off to such a hot start that the most unlikely of cleanup hitters is on pace to hit a career-high 29 home runs with 108 RBIs.
Plus, his 314 putouts lead all big-league catchers, and the 10 runners he has thrown out are tied for third-most in the game.
And he deftly handles and massages one of the most-feared rotations in the game, as well as the reigning N.L. Cy Young Award winner in Lincecum.
But beyond Molina’s numbers, there are the intangibles the two-time Gold Glover who has never been an All-Star brings.
“I hate to think, not that we’re anywhere, but we would not be close to .500 without him,” admitted manager Bruce Bochy. “He was carrying us for a while. Everybody goes through (a slump), and he’s going through it now. Bengie’s not taking it behind the plate with him, though.
“You can have a good game behind the plate without getting a hit.”
Spoken like the catcher Bochy was.
“He has a different point of view on how to get guys out,” said Giants pitcher Matt Cain. “I’ve had catchers that maybe want to make (hitters) look bad or do different things, but he just wants to get guys out. He doesn’t care how – he’s just like, ‘Let’s just get them out.’ “
A decent assassin behind the plate who is also more than deserving of the nod? Get out the vote.