If you were enjoying the Cardinals’-Cubs’ match up tonight on ESPN, you probably heard the announcers speak of their undying love for Yadi. If you missed it, let me recap. Somewhere around the 4th or 5th inning, they started singing Yadi’s praises. They were talking about how if they were to hold the NL MVP voting right now, then Yadi deserved the honor. They went on to discuss how he was easily the best catcher because of his ability to help all of the young pitchers that have come up and pitched for the red birds so far this season. They couldn’t say enough about his knowledge of the game.
The announcers tonight dubbed tonight’s game as a great pitching match up between Travis Wood and Shelby Miller, and it was, until your and my favorite catcher doubled in the first two runs of the night. In the bottom of the fourth, Beltran singled, followed by another single by Holliday, Craig sac flied and moved up Beltran to third and Holliday was still on first. Yadi came up to bat and doubled in both Beltran and Holliday. The Cards went up 2-0, and even with Miller coming out in the 5th after what was said to be calf cramps, the boys showed no signs of being rattled by the “rivalry” that is the Cardinals’-Cubs’ series.
Bottom of the 7th, there was some crazy fielding-throwing-ball handling mistakes by the Cubs, and after a somewhat controversial call at the plate, Yadi scored. He slid under the tag by Wood. I promise he did. Don’t watch the replays, just believe me. He was called safe, so he was obviously safe. Crazy bottom of the 7th, Cards up 4-0. End of game score: Cards 5, Cubs 2.
Building on the thought of how great we all know Yadi to be, I took it upon myself to log on and do some all-star voting. Truth be told, I got on the site, which you can find if you hit up your googler, and voted my 35 times mainly for Yadi. Yes, yes, I voted for many other Cardinals’ players, too, but I will be absolutely devastated if I see Buster Posey beat Yadi at something again. Rumor has it, they are very close in the voting, with Posey still in the lead. After last year’s MVP voting and Posey beating out Yadi, I am bound and determined that this monstrosity should not happen again. Long story short–I encourage you to get on there and vote. Vote for Yadi, get him in as the NL starting catcher! Remember, whomever wins the All-Star game gets home field advantage during the World Series, and I’m sure we would all love to see the Cards have home field advantage in October! One way to do that? Get Yadi starting!
That’s my shameless plea. Vote. Do it.