Showtime is filming the San Francisco Giants for a series titled, “The Franchise: A Season With the San Francisco Giants." In an article in the Sunday NY Times, A Documentary Team Aims for the Bleachers, (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/arts/television/showtimes-franchise-follows-san-francisco-giants.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=the%20franchise&st=cse), it is written of the producers: "They’re hoping that Ryan Vogelsong, a journeyman pitcher whose surprising success this season has become a major story line, will make the team. Mr. Oshinsky anticipates emotional moments and dramatic shots — a cut from the manager’s pregame pep talk to Vogelsong’s face — and Mr. Waksman interjects that they need to have a basic plan that includes only what they know will happen. “Assume none of these guys does anything,” he says."
The manager of the SF Giants, Bruce Bochy, managed the NL All-Star squad and he chose Vogelsong for the All-Star team. He has had a fine first half of the season, but does that make him an All-Star? Many players in the history of MLB have had been outstanding in the first half of the season, but did not make the All-Star team. Did Bochy REALLY make the choice, or was he ordered, because of the Showtime series, to add Vogelsong to the team by someone like Bud Selig, Commissioner of MLB?