July 4, 2011
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.