Happy Fourth

July 4, 2011

Happy Holiday

Hoping everyone enjoys America’s birthday with lots of White Sox fireworks tonight!

Vote, Vote and Vote Some More

Once again, White Sox fans are being challenged by the Final Man vote.

For the ninth time since 2002, a Chicago White Sox player is in the running for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game Final Vote, presented by Sprint, as first baseman Paul Konerko was one of five players selected for the American League ballot.   The White Sox captain joins Kansas City’s Alex Gordon, Baltimore’s Adam Jones, Detroit’s Victor Martinez and Tampa Bay’s Ben Zobrist on the ballot.  White Sox fans now have until 3 p.m. CT on Thursday, July 7 to vote for Konerko at whitesox.com or mlb.com.

Konerko is hitting .317 this season and is among league leaders in RBI (3rd, 62), home runs (4th, 21), OPS (4th, .954) and average (5th, .317).  Konerko looks to join teammate and second-time All-Star Carlos Quentin at this year’s Midsummer Classic.

The White Sox are calling on all fans to “get out the vote” to send the team captain to this year’s All-Star Game in Phoenix.  The White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have teammed up to promote a dual “ticket” of Konerko and Andre Ethier.  Both are Phoenix natives, so voters are encouraged to send them back to their hometown for the All-Star game.  

In 2005, White Sox fans voted Scott Podsednik to the All-Star Game through the Final Vote ballot, and in 2006 A.J. Pierzynski was voted onto the A.L. team as the result of the team’s successful “Punch A.J.” campaign. Outfield Jermaine Dye made the AL Final Vote ballot in 2008, while Konerko also was on the ballot last year.  

Previous winners of the All-Star Game Final Vote include:  Nick Swisher (A.L., 2010) and Joey Votto (N.L., 2010); Brandon Inge (A.L., 2009) and Shane Victorino (N.L., 2009); Evan Longoria (A.L., 2008) and Corey Hart (NL, 2008); Hideki Okajima (A.L., 2007) and Chris Young (NL, 2007); A.J. Pierzynski (A.L., 2006) and Nomar Garciaparra (NL, 2006); Scott Podsednik (A.L., 2005) and Roy Oswalt (NL, 2005); Hideki Matsui (A.L., 2004) and Bobby Abreu (NL, 2004); Jason Varitek (A.L., 2003) and Geoff Jenkins (NL, 2003); Johnny Damon (A.L., 2002) and and Andruw Jones (NL, 2002).

Balloting is now open at whitesox.com and mlb.com and continues until 3 p.m. CT on Thursday, July 7. The winners will be announced on mlb.com shortly thereafter.  Fans may also vote from their mobile device.  Text A3 to 89269 to cast your vote for Paul Konerko.  That’s A3 to 89269. Message and data rates may apply. Voting ends at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 7.

FINAL VOTE CAMPAIGN MANAGER

MLB.com also will launch the 2011 All-Star Game Campaign Headquarters, which gives fans the chance to join a campaign for any of the 10 candidates and compete to become that player’s online “Campaign Manager.”

After completing the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint, fans are presented with the option to support the campaign of either of the two players for whom they just voted. When a player is chosen, MLB.com will track every vote that fan helps generate for that specific player, whether it comes from Facebook, Twitter or MLB.com links forwarded. The fans generating the most votes will be ranked on that player’s campaign page.

ALL-STAR GAME FINAL VOTE CELEBRATES 10th YEAR The All-Star Game Final Vote program has seen over 250 million votes cast since its inception in 2002. In recognition of this milepost, MLB.com is giving eligible voters a 10-day free trial of MLB.TV from July 9-19, 2011. Fans will receive an e-mail notifying them of the instructions for redeeming this All-Star Final Vote offer.

Also, MLB.com and its partner Jib Jab, the leader in personalized entertainment, have introduced a specially-created Starring You® campaign featuring each League’s five Final Vote candidates in a humorous, animated video of the traditional seventh-inning stretch song, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

Fans can watch the candidates’ Starring You® videos and then cast their online votes for the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint here. They then can create their own free Starring You® video where they can choose their favorite teams and insert photos of themselves, family and friends. The videos, including those featuring the 10 All-Star Game Final Vote candidates, are embeddable and can be shared via e-mail and through social network platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. For complete details, visit MLB.com/jibjab.

The 82nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports, and around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT)/5:00 p.m. (local). For more information, please visit allstargame.com or dbacks.com/asg.

12 Comments

Happy fourth and stay safe out there fans. Go Mark and go Sox’11…j.k.

After Family affairs and the usual fireworks display I finally watched the archived game from earlier tonight. Boy, am I happy to be WRONG! I couldn’t believe that Ozzie had AD batting against a lefty, and I expected us to lose if Mark gave up more than two runs. Wrong AND wrong! It”s about time! Two hits for AD!? With a (finally) home run!! Winning on a walk-off BALK! Thank you Kansas City. This game was worth waiting for and a perfect topper to a wonderful day. I think I’ll sleep like a baby tonight. See you all tomorrow…..Go Jake and go Sox’11…..j.k.

Another lackluster game (and yet another loss) with 13 LOB against another no name pitcher who was 0-6 before tonight. I am coming to the realization that the Sox are simply a .500 team. They couldn’t beat other AL central teams last year, and so far, except for the 5 games (4-1) against the tribe they can’t beat AL central teams this year. Yeah sure there are lots of games left against the AL central but I’m not very enthused that the Sox will somehow magically turn it all around.
BTW, memo to Jake Peavy – maybe you out to just keep your yap shut about the Sox being “tougher” until such time as you can throw strikes. 3 walks tonight in the second inning leading to 3 un-earned runs made it very “tough” on the Sox tonight.

Ditto my post from last night.

So much for all that enthusiasm from the other night. Since that “Great” win we’ve lost two in a row, and tonight we face the Twins in the first of four games. Gulp! No reason why we shouldn’t beat these guys, but we simply don’t seem to be able to. Maybe a new day is dawning starting tonight? My fingers are crossed after voting Paulie onto the AS team, so I say: go Phil and go Sox’11……j.k.

Congratulations to Paulie and to all my awesome fellow fans – we did it – we voted him onto the All Star Team!!!

Go Sox, beat the Twinks!

Peggy

I’m with you jk, Gulp! Maybe we will get lucky tonight? Also, maybe Mauer will be horrible at first base? We can only hope.

And YES! Paulie to the ASG! No one more deserving! Congratulations. I saw a tweet from Scott Merkin that said PK donated his entire $15K bonus for making the All Star Team to White Sox Charities to benefit charities in both Chicago and Phoenix. What a CLASS ACT! (I hope the media report that!!)

GO SOX!

Congrats to PK, the MOST deserving of any All Star. Websters ought to have a picture of PK under the definition of class.
As for the rest of our “team”, whatever they are doing, it certainly isn’t playing baseball.
It’s entirely possible, albeit unbelieveable, that by the All-Star break the Sox could be trailing the twins in the AL central. Yep the same twins who were 18-36.

And the beat (down) goes on, and the Beat (down ) goes on. We need to play the Red Sox, and quick!…. manana everyone…j.k.

I’ve been quiet for a while because every time I posted, something bad happened. Now, we’ve lost 3 in a row after getting to .500, and we’re still winless against the Twinkies this year. Something needs to change, so I’m back. I don’t want PK’s all-star win to be the only good thing for the Sox this week. Let’s take at least 2 of the next 3. This might be asking a bit much given our recent track record with the Twins, but damnit, we can do it. Go White Sox!

Rah, rah, josh! Go, man go!! Now if only the team could have the same spirit and determination…….. Come on Gavin and go Sox’11……j.k.

Sox are 6-28 in the last 34 games against Minnesota. 6-28!

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