One family of Rays fans highlights perfectly the absurdity of the All-Star game, and the absurdity of how home-field advantage in the World Series is determined.

Diana, Fay and Jerry Lichtenwalter began this year’s bonanza when the ballots first came out. Then they took some home. Some, as in a few thousand. After they turned those in, they took home a few thousand more…Two years ago, they filled out 13,000 ballots—voting all for the Rays—and last year, they doubled it to 26,000. This year, they streamlined the process, figured out how to do more at a time, and are now at 33,000.

33,000 ballots by three people. And every ballot includes nine Rays players. That is 297,000 votes for Rays players for those keeping score at home.

How absurd is that number? Ben Zobrist had

received 963,481 votes as of the latest release of voting results. That means, 3.4 percent of all votes for Zobrist have come from this one family. And this is how we will determine which team will have games one and two of the World Series at home?

Stupid, stupid, stupid…Did we mention it is stupid?

Here is a video clip of the family punching their ballots…



  1. Drew says:

    I think you should change the end of the title of this post to "Rays Players"

  2. Blake says:

    Very stupid. So where can I find out if Reid Brignac had exactly 33,000 votes for the ASG?

  3. Alex says:

    You should probably correct the title as well...So that means these idiots vote for Dan Johnson, BJ Upton etc....Good god

  4. Andy says:

    Dan Johnson gets 33,000 votes? Really??? Too bad Casey isn't on the ballot, b/c he deserves all of those votes, + many more!!! I gave him some write-in votes via computer; hope more people do/did this, too 🙂

  5. Andy says:

    Thanks for the story. My life suddenly seems much more fulfilling.

  6. jp says:

    Those are some great fans! Go Rays!

  7. RayzorX says:

    LOL, it's not stupid, the Rays have a contest every year, they give away tickets to the Whitney Bank Club to the fan who submits the most ballots....

  8. Mike C says:

    I think we are missing the fact that this elderly family of 3 drive from Pasco to games and are not bitching about the drive!


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