Well, Halo fans, we did our best.
We spread the word.
We voted like crazy.
We got Figgy wit’ it.
But in the end, it just wasn’t enough.
Our loveable little man Chone Figgins will again be on the outside looking in to the All-Star game picture, as Brandon Inge won the final AL All-Star spot today, as voted on by the fans.
Inge took first place, with Rangers’ 2nd baseman Ian Kinsler taking 2nd place, and Mr. Figgins finishing 3rd.
Philadelphia Phillies’ outfielder Shane Victorino aka “the flyin’ Hawaiian” nabbed the All-Star availability for the National League, making a shocking surge to get in over the San Francisco Giants’ talented and young 3rd baseman Pablo Sandoval.
That does not take away one bit the value that Figgins brings to this Angels team, and as much as Torii Hunter has been the MVP of this team through the first half and more of this season, Figgy has been equally as important to the team.
Figgy has scored the most runs in all of the American League, and among all leadoff hitters in the MLB, Figgy’s on-base percentage mark of .395 is tops.
Despite his All-Star caliber statistics and rankings and feeling like he was deserving of an All-Star spot, Figgins took it in stride like a professional, just as he always does.
“I want to thank the organization and all the fans for voting for me, and I especially thank my teammates and their families for getting behind me. It really means a lot knowing it was so important to those people who are closest to you. In a way, that’s just as meaningful as winning and going to the All-Star Game,” Figgins said.
The possibility still remains that if a player must withdraw due to injury, that Figgy still has a shot of being named to the All-Star squad, as well as Jered Weaver if any pitcher pulls out of the Mid-Summer Classic.
“Maybe my time will come soon. It’s definitely a goal of mine, along with the biggest goal — winning a World championship again,” Figgy said.
One more series to go before the All-Star break, but again, congratulations to the two players who will represent the Halos in the 2009 All-Star Game: Torii Hunter and Brian Fuentes.
Both are incredibly deserving and will certainly represent the Angels well in St. Louis.