Bleacher Report ranks Varitek as the worst All-Star selection in the last ten years. It's a fun list that reminds just how far the Midsummer Classic has fallen.
As for Varitek, I don't necessarily agree that he was the worst. Sure his numbers are godawful, but fame and history have to matter for something, even if they're not the first thing I'd look to when filling out a roster. At least with Varitek there will be a day in the future when we remember his career and think "oh yeah, All-Star catcher," without the sort of irony we muster when talking about, say, Ron Coomer. In other words, the memory of his 2008 season will fade, we'll think of his glory years, and his selection to this year's team will be understandable in ways that other guys' -- Mark Redman? Mike Williams -- will not be.