Score one for the Tea Party movement. The 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star selections were announced on Sunday and the results at shortstop in the American League should open the eyes of the establishment.
Margie Watkins, a 62-year-old grandmother from Ohio, edged out New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, earning more than 4.6 million write-in votes. The candidate for Congress in November has never played baseball, but says she sees that as an advantage.
"We've had the same people in the All-Star Game year after year after year and you can see where that's gotten us," said Watkins. "Lower ratings and an exhibition game determining home field in the World Series. It's time for a change. It's time for us to take our nation's pastime back."
In light of many Tea Party candidates not fairing as well in the May primaries as expected, the movement has turned its attention to getting its candidates elected in other arenas, resulting in numerous state fair baking contest titles, a few shopping mall talent show victories and Miss Kentucky going to Rand Paul. But Watkins starting at shortstop over Jeter is the biggest victory so far.
Yet while the Tea Party trumpets its success, some have said that the National League helped vote her in to make the American League an easier opponent come the All-Star Game, as she will likely go hitless and make countless errors due to her lack of baseball ability and complete ignorance of the sport.
"That's a typical excuse," said Watkins. "But they know that we have the support of real, hard-working Americans, the nearly 5 million people all across the country who voted for me online."
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin came in second in National League All-Star voting at first base to Albert Pujols, despite her claim that she set the state home run record in high school.