This May not be ‘Dewey Beats Truman’ but Podsednik just might win this thing
Sorry to just post a press release, but time is short and Scott passed Jeter overnight, so the race is ours to win. Keep voting (you can vote an unlimited number of times) …
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 6, 2005
SCOTT PODSEDNIK PASSES DEREK JETER IN VOTING;
TEN HOURS REMAIN IN 2005 ALL-STAR FINAL VOTE PROGRAM
NEW YORK – With fewer than 10 hours remaining in the voting for the final player oneach 2005 All-Star team, the races in both the American and National Leagues remain too close to call.
In the American League, in one of the tightest races since the program began four years ago, Scott Podsednik of the Chicago White Sox edged past Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees during the night for the top spot in the voting. The final man slot is still up for grabs. Jeter and Podsednik are followed by Torii Hunter of the Minnesota Twins, Hideki Matsui, also of the New York Yankees, and Carl Crawford of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
White Sox players have stepped up in support of Podsednik. All-Star pitcher Mark Buehrle has made live announcements to fans at each of the last two games, players are wearing “Vote for Scott” t-shirts and a voting “booth” has been set up in the White Sox dugout where teammates vote for Podsednik before taking the field for batting practice. In addition to P.A. announcements and scoreboard messages in-game, front office employees – including club chairman Jerry Reinsdorf – vendors and ushers at U.S. Cellular Field are wearing “Vote for Scott” buttons. An on-line campaign through whitesox.com and MLB.com continues as well.
In National League voting, Roy Oswalt of the Houston Astros maintains a slim lead over Trevor Hoffman of the San Diego Padres, followed by Brandon Webb of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Billy Wagner and Brett Myers of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Over 9 million votes have been cast in the 2005 All-Star Final Vote Program on MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, and ESPN.com, since the balloting began on Sunday night at 7:00 pm CDT. This year, for the first time ever, fans can cast their FINAL MAN vote via their cell phones for 99 cents per vote. Fans can simply text the word ‘VOTE’ to 69652 (MYMLB) and be instantly registered to receive the final vote ballots. Balloting continues through 7:00 pm CDT today, Wednesday, July 6. The final players on each team will be announced shortly thereafter on ESPN and MLB.com.
Fans can continue to vote on whitesox.com, MLB.com and ESPN.com and via cell phone until 7:00 pm CDT tonight. There is no limit to the number of votes per fan.
The 76th All-Star Game at Comerica Park in Detroit on July 12 will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 7:00 p.m. (CDT). ESPN Radio will provide exclusive, national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will provide play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.
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