Reds fan can be star at All-Star Game
Trio of community heroes up for Midsummer Classic honor
Three finalists per Major League club were chosen out of thousands of nominations from across the United States and Canada of "everyday All-Stars," people who have gone above and beyond to serve their community.
Fans are invited to vote in the All-Stars Among Us campaign, a presentation of People Magazine and Major League Baseball, for the 30 winners from June 8-24. One winner will be chosen as a representative of every club, and all 30 will be honored at Busch Stadium in St. Louis for the July 14 All-Star Game. One club representative also will be featured in People Magazine.
Here are the finalists for Cincinnati:
Bob Steffen's charity, Big Stef, has given more than $400,000 to the needy. Steffen's programs include food baskets and school supplies for low-income families. In 25 years of service to the community, Steffen has touched many lives and generated much good will. He is from Newport, Ken.
Sherri J. Friedman founded and runs Most Valuable Kids of Greater Cincinnati, an organization that distributes unused tickets to live sports and cultural events to underprivileged children. Friedman has helped more than 22,000 children, including more than 4,800 tickets to Reds games.
Heather Beatty of Alexandra, Va., started a program called Communities United Partnership, which links the community of Eaton, Ohio, with five villages of Sierre Leon, Africa. Residents of Eaton have traveled to Africa and raised more than $100,000 to provide nets, beds, school renovations, livestock, seed, water wells and latrines.
Meanwhile, vote for your favorite players with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 team sites, and look for Walt Disney Pictures G-Force All-Star Game ballots at Major League and Minor League ballparks.
The 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage.
Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.