The MLB.com All Star ballot is up, and Francisco Cervelli, aka God, needs your help! We all know that he's the best catcher in the American League, but the rest of the baseball world needs some convincing. Cervelli is hitting well over .400 and has an OPS greater than 1.000. Those look like All Star numbers to me. However, he faces stiff competition. Last year, Joe Mauer received over 4.3 million votes en route to becoming the starting catcher for the AL at the ASG. In order to beat him soundly, we need Cervelli to get about 5 million votes.
The All Star Game is on July 13th. I don't know when voting ends, but we'll assume that it's at least a week before that. That gives us 69 days to submit 5 million votes, or about 72,500 votes per day. 25 votes are allowed per email address, meaning we will need 200,000 email addresses.
Here's how voting works:
Go to MLB.com and click on the All Star Game banner at the top of the page. In order to vote, you'll need to enter a valid email address, your zip code, your birthdate, and the security code. You'll also probably want to uncheck the box which asks if they can send you promotional emails (checked by default) unless you're using a disposable email address (more on that later).
Now, proceed to fill out the voting form. Choose the circles next to your favorite players (or all the Yankees starters), but do not select any of the AL catchers. You can only pick one player at each position except outfield, where you can pick three. Now, at the bottom of the form, there is a write-in box. Write in "Francisco Cervelli" and select Yankees and Catcher from the team and position drop-down lists. Continue on to the NL form, where you can select whoever you want (preferably terrible players to give us a better chance of winning home field advantage in the World Series, or just the entire Pirates team for amusement). Submit your ballot, and it will display it with the option of voting again.
Voting again is extremely easy. The entire form will be already filled out for you except for the security code, so all you have to do is type it in and uncheck the promotions box if you wish and then click through it. It shouldn't take more than a couple minutes to use up all of your 25 votes.
Now, once you've used up your 25 votes, you will need to create a new email address. This shouldn't take very long, either. There are numerous websites which will generate a temporary, but valid email address. My personal favorite is www.fakenamegenerator.com simply because it will also generate a name, birth date, address, and other information. This will give you a whole new set of information to use. Head on over to MLB.com and repeat the entire process.
We need 2900 people vote 25 times every day until the All Star Game. Obviously, voting more than that would be great, as would recruiting additional people to the cause. It shouldn't take more than 10 minutes a day to get in your 25 votes. You can do it during commercial breaks if you're watching the game. It may seem unrealistic, but remember that a team of only about a dozen rigged TIME's annual online poll to determine the 100 most influential people in the world. And they arranged the entire top 21.
These votes will not just benefit Cervelli. Assuming that the majority of us vote for Yankees on the rest of the ballot, we will probably see Jeter, A-Rod, Cano, Tex, Granderson, and others with highly inflated vote totals as well. Which means, of course, that the AL All-Star team will basically be the Yankees with less suck (no Winn on the bench).
Here's to seeing Cervelli behind the plate for the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning in the 2010 All Star Game. May His will be done.
This may be easier than we thought. There is a way to bypass the security codes. After voting once, instead of clicking the "Vote again" link, just refresh using F5. Since your form entries are entirely contained within the URL, it will submit the form again. Wait for the page to load before refreshing again to make sure it counts. Count to 25 (or 30 to be safe), then click the Vote again link, type in a new email address, zip code, and birth date, type in the security code, click through, and start refreshing. It's now possible to vote 25 times in about a minute if you have a decent internet connection.