Ethier working hard to spread Final Vote word
Dodgers outfielder takes to airwaves while chasing Victorino
LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier continues to trail only Philadelphia's Shane Victorino in balloting for the National League's 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote roster spot, and he hasn't let a 103-degree fever slow down the campaigning.
Although he was ill Monday night with a fever and was better but out of the starting lineup Tuesday night, Ethier squeezed in some politicking. He was interviewed on ESPN's "First Take," "The Dan Patrick Show" and "Big Boy's Neighborhood" on Power 106.
Later Tuesday, Ethier was scheduled to be on KLAC 570's "Petros and Money Show" and Wednesday he is slotted for interviews on WFAN in New York and ESPN 710's "Mason and Ireland."
Now in its 10th year, the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint gives baseball fans around the world the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team. Balloting began immediately following Sunday's Major League All-Star Selection Show presented by Taco Bell and continues until 1 p.m. PT on Thursday. The winners will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.
Mobile voting in the U.S. and Canada is open to everyone. In the U.S., to receive the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for a specific player, simply text message your choice to 89269 (Example: Text "N1" to vote for Ethier). In Canada, fans should text their choices to 65246. Standard message and data rates may apply.
The fun doesn't end there, however. Fans, having already decided the starters and final player on each team, once again will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevy via the 2011 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint on MLB.com during the All-Star Game.
The 82nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game, in Phoenix on July 12, 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 5 p.m. PT. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.
There will be an extra treat for fans who participate in the Final Vote. If you are not a current MLB.TV subscriber (MLB.TV or MLB.TV Premium), you are eligible to receive a 10-day free trial of MLB.TV from July 9-19. If you are a current MLB.TV subscriber (MLB.TV or MLB.TV Premium), you will receive a 15-percent discount to the MLB.com Shop. MLB.com will send an email on Friday to all Final Vote voters with instructions on how to redeem the applicable offer.
In addition to this week's interviews, Ethier, who attended St. Mary's High in Phoenix and Arizona State, and the White Sox Paul Konerko, who attended Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., recorded videos Monday stumping for one another in the online voting competition. The videos can be seen on MLB.com and in-stadium on the scoreboards.
Meanwhile, Dodgers management is putting on an unprecedented campaign. Through Twitter, the club gave away tickets for Tuesday night's game to eight fans who will be stationed in a Dodger Stadium suite with computers set up just to vote all game long.
The club taped a video that looks like a political ad with Ethier's bobblehead coming on at the end to say: "I'm Andre Ethier's bobblehead and I approve of this message."
Electronic billboards around Southern California that are rented by the Dodgers now push Ethier's candidacy and urge fans to vote.
In appreciation for votes, the Dodgers started a 48-hour sale of $5 tickets on the Reserve Level for Ethier's Bobblehead Night this Thursday, as well as special pricing for certain areas of the stadium to honor All-Stars Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp.
Management reached out to actress and Dodgers fan Alyssa Milano, who tweeted her support for Ethier to her 1.7 million followers.
The 29-year-old Ethier is making a bid for his second straight All-Star Game and entered Tuesday ranked seventh in the NL with a .317 batting average. Ethier is tied for fourth in the NL with 23 doubles and is tied for fifth with 99 hits, his highest-ever total before the break.
Todd Helton, Mike Morse and Ian Kennedy trail Ethier, who would be joining teammates Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw, who are already on the NL All-Star squad.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.