I'm running out of words to describe our fascination with the meaningless, "dumb," "silly," "super dumb" contest that is the Face of MLB, which many A's fans have already determined is "fixed," "rigged," or filled with "bots."
Yet Sean Doolittle keeps on winning, beating Mariners ace Felix Hernandez in the quarterfinals.
Doolittle will face Giants catcher Buster Posey in the semifinals, possibly beginning as soon as Friday at 6 AM. Should Doolittle advance to the final, he would go up against defending Face Mets third baseman David Wright, Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones, or AL Cy Young winner Indians pitcher Corey Kluber.
Stephen Vogt handicaps the semifinal in favor of his teammate, telling CSN California's Joe Stiglich, "No disrespect to Buster Posey, but Sean Doolittle has the face of MLB. The beard, the glove up underneath the chin. Sean Doolittle embodies what is Major League Baseball."
Doolittle's girlfriend, Eireann Dolan, called into Thursday morning's Hot Stove:
Speaking to MLB.com's Jane Lee, Sean Doolittle said, ""I lead a much more interesting life on Twitter thanks to those photoshops." For example:
Sorry but not sorry @Athletics this is still my favorite one #SeanDoolittle #FaceOfMLB I'm reposting old one pic.twitter.com/h0exw7cL3z— Oakland Vader (@ryanisbell510) February 18, 2015
#SeanDoolittle is carving throught the competition in the #FaceOfMLB competition. #CrocodileDunDOO pic.twitter.com/LPyODrdYRt— Rally Plantain (@RallyPlantain) February 18, 2015
#SeanDoolittle, All-Star closer & #FaceOfMLB. #AlwaysBeClosing pic.twitter.com/nfPxgsWmdG— Rally Plantain (@RallyPlantain) February 19, 2015
Watching the ballots
A's Twitter and Facebook got off to a very quick start when voting opened for the quarterfinal match against Mariners starter Felix Hernandez at 6 AM Wednesday:
It’s 6:01 AM. Time to vote #SeanDoolittle the #FaceOfMLB.— Athletics Nation (@athleticsnation) February 18, 2015
By Wednesday evening, Doolittle appeared to be well on his way to victory:
Keep voting, A's fans! #SeanDoolittle #FaceOfMLB pic.twitter.com/8C51uhWbXC— Nick Clementi (@RFNick148) February 19, 2015
But Mariners fans ran a late push:
Just a few hours remain. Every tweet and RT counts! #FelixHernandez #FaceOfMLB pic.twitter.com/c0flakAQpk— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) February 19, 2015
A very late push:
A late-night Facebook takeover is underway. Join the party: http://t.co/e9LUb0jXRK #FelixHernandez #FaceOfMLB pic.twitter.com/WhdlUASKxn— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) February 19, 2015
With minutes to go, it was too close to call:
Wow. Less than 10 minutes to go and it's 50-50. RETWEET and spread the word. #FelixHernandez #FaceOfMLB pic.twitter.com/XQ8bg7Rq5i— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) February 19, 2015
Sean Doolittle prevailed in the end, as a closer should:
By a hair of his beard! MT @MLBNetwork: @whatwouldDOOdo is moving on to the final four! #SeanDoolittle #FaceOfMLB pic.twitter.com/KBVGYQLeJU— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) February 19, 2015