In 1974, my first year on Walter Alston’s coaching staff, Dodger fans amazed me as they wrote-in Steve Garvey to the All-Star Game. I will never forget how touched Steve was by the support he received. He was tremendously honored, and equally deserving.
This year, we as Dodger fans have a duty to vote Cesar Izturis into this year?s All-Star Game. He is, without a doubt, the best shortstop in the National League. In fact, I would have to go back to Pee Wee Reese to find a better defensive shortstop in the history of our franchise to compare to Izturis.
Cesar is like a vacuum. His range is outstanding, and he makes amazing plays. If something is hit his way, you can rest assured he will make the play. His hands are soft and his feet are quick. He definitely gets my vote.
The All-Star Game is our way of giving back to the fans. It is our way of thanking the fans for all the support they give to baseball. The starters for each team are picked by the fans, and rightfully so. However, when voting, remember Cesar Izturis has not gotten the recognition he so richly deserves.
Not only is Cesar a talented, special ballplayer, he is an outstanding young man who wears the Dodger uniform with dignity and character. He is humble and hard working; he shows up to the ballpark everyday with the attitude of performing better than he did the day before.
Cesar is like a breath of fresh air. He plays baseball like my wife shops?all day long.
The Dodgers have not had a starter in the Mid Summer Classic since Mike Piazza in 1997. We have an opportunity to change that with Cesar Izturis. Since last week he has moved from sixth place in voting for shortstops to fourth by receiving 98,000 votes. Let?s keep up the good work, and continue to vote for Cesar until he is the starter. He only trails Nomar Garciaparra, who is in first place despite only playing in 14 game this season, by 52,209 votes.
Through mlb.com, you can vote on-line 25 times per email address with which you register. So thanks for reading my blog, now start voting for Cesar and all your favorite Dodgers until we have a starter.