Just a few days back, someone sent me a note on Twitter complaining about All-Star balloting.
"Laughable at best," he said.
Normally, I might agree. But not this week.
Not when the fans make Jose Bautista the leading vote-getter in all of baseball.
Not when Bautista can get more votes than Albert Pujols or Derek Jeter or anybody else in the game, the same week that Time magazine runs a story headlined, "Jose Bautista: The best baseball player you've never heard of."
There's a long way to go before the voting ends, but by June 1 last year, Joe Mauer was already the leading vote-getter. And Mauer ended up on top, with Jeter second and Pujols close behind him. And Bautista -- or any other Blue Jay -- was nowhere close.
That's what makes the Bautista voting even better. This never happens with a Toronto player.
No Blue Jay has ever finished first overall in the voting, not even in the World Series years in the early 1990s. The Blue Jays have had fewer starters elected than any American League team but the Rays, who have 20 years less history.
Last year, Vernon Wells was the leading Blue Jay in voting. He was 58th overall (and with fewer votes than Bautista has already).
Even this year, while Bautista has 1,261,659 votes, no other Blue Jays player has more than 320,874.
This isn't a team stuffing the ballot box. This is a whole bunch of fans recognizing a guy who deserves recognition.
This is a whole bunch of fans, as it turns out, proving Time magazine wrong.
You have heard of Jose Bautista. And you voted for him.
Good for him. And good for you.