Two years ago, a major uproar was created on July 5th, 2016 when the Cubs entire starting infield was voted in to start for the National League in the All-Star Game. That was during the historic season, obviously before the greatest moment in Cubs history, but some fans were very upset with the Cubs-takeover in the All-Star game.
1B Anthony Rizzo, 2B Ben Zobrist, SS Addison Russell, and 3B Kris Bryant each received overwhelming support from Cubs fans that led to the entire Cubs infield starting in the All-Star game. Dexter Fowler, Jake Arrieta, and Jon Lester were also other choices, making 7 Cubs on the NL roster. That marked the first a team had five selections since the 1985 Padres and the first time since the 1963 Cardinals to have an entire infield start for the National League.
Their quest to make franchise history with a World Series triumph was already off to a phenomenal start through the first half and that resulted in about every Cubs fan voting. The real reason why the Cubs had so many selections was because of Grandpa Rossy’s #VoteCubs campaign with hilarious videos produced by the Cubs encouraging people to vote. They sure did.
Fast forward two years later, the Cubs infield is still producing the same strong numbers with now Javy Baez into the everyday mix. The entire infield hasn’t made it since, but MLB’s hoping that the Cubs-takeover doesn’t happen again. All-Star voting for 2018 conveniently ends today at 11:59 p.m. ET, the same date the Cubs made history two years ago.