Calling all Chicago sports fans: one of the biggest MLB All-Star snubs of all time plays right here in your favorite city. And no, I’m not talking about Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs. Chris Sale, the Chicago White Sox ace, was somehow left off the American League roster.
It’s alright though, he can still get in. He needs your help, however. Sale (8 W, 2.16 ERA, 87.1 IP, 96 K, 0.87 WHIP) is one of five American league players (Dallas Keuchel, Corey Kluber, Rick Porcello and Garrett Richards) fighting for the last spot on the American League team.
So how can you help get Sale through? There are three ways to vote: by clicking this link and voting online, by texting A5 to 89269, or by going on twitter and using the hashtag #TargetSale.
This isn’t the first time the White Sox have found themselves in this position. Over the past 10 years, they have gotten Scott Podsednik, A.J. Pierzynski, and Paul Konerko into the game in similar fashion, through the Final Vote.
This time around, the White Sox have teamed up with the Washington Nationals in a cross-promotion plan. While you vote for Sale, they are encouraging you to also vote for Anthony Rendon, second baseman of the Washington Nationals. By doing this, the White Sox hope Sale will get an extra voting boost from the Washington fan base.
Additionally, the White Sox cleverly came up with #TargetSale. The “Target” refers to Target Field, where this year’s MLB All-Star Game will be held. Hopefully, Chris Sale will be joining his other teammates Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez there as well.
When asked if Sale was upset on not getting into what would be his third All-Star Game, Sale responded, “By no means am I upset. Having an opportunity to make an All-Star team is an honor every day of the week.”
How can you not vote for a great guy like this? He has had a great season so far, and being completely objective, his stats this season are better than those he is up against in the Final Vote. So do what’s right. “Target” Chris Sale for the 2014 Final Vote. Hurry up, the Final Vote will end at 4 pm ET on Thursday, July 10.