I stopped watching the All Star Selection Show a few years back--it's a meaningless honor--but seriously, Jason Varitek? Is this an effing joke?
If you're into scavenger hunts, try looking for Varitek's name on a list of the 30 most valuable catchers in the AL this year. You won't, unless you cheat and click the little "NEXT" button on the bottom of the page.
Notice the cascade effect at work here. Tito could have picked Ivan Rodriguez--who isn't the best catcher in the league, but Detroit needed someone to represent them--and freed up a roster spot for Evan Longoria, who i might pick as AL MVP at this point. Nope, we're going with THE CAPTAIN and his .661 OPS.
That's a stretch, but Francona could have realistically given Tek's spot to Mike Lowell, who's at least a little deserving of it.
Baseball Tonight keeps making a big deal about how Varitek has absolutely killed the Red Sox over the past month. Apparently Francona wasn't watching his own team or the Rays, who Longoria carried into a four-game division lead.