Thu Jul 09 05:46pm EDT
After fans stuffed the electronic ballot box like never before, Detroit's Brandon Inge(notes) and Philadelphia's Shane Victorino(notes) are heading to next week's All-Star Game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Both players are All-Stars for the first time. Inge beat out Texas' Ian Kinsler(notes), and others, in the AL. Victorino, with a mad rush at the end, edged San Francisco's Pablo "Kung Fu Panda" Sandoval.
Voting, reportedly, was the closest in the history of a contest in which fans get to elect the 33rd and final man on the AL and NL roster.
Victorino received 15.6 million votes and Inge led with 11.8 million. No other figures have been released yet, so we'll just have to take their word, like the electorate from other elections must.
The Stew, we like to think, played a part in the outcome. It featured in recent days a Napoleon Dynamite-ish video of the "Vote for Pablo" campaign for Sandoval, plus a live chat with Victorino. Inge and Kinsler were on their own, apparently.
Although, maybe the results had more to do with Tigers and Phillies fans voting their little fingers off. Hope it was worth the carpal tunnel!