Cardinals, White Sox team up for Final Vote alliance

Cardinals, White Sox team up for Final Vote alliance

CHICAGO -- Jake Peavy and David Freese already have been overwhelmed by the amount of support they have received in the first couple of days of the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Firestone.

But on Tuesday afternoon, the White Sox and Cardinals announced a Final Vote alliance known as "Red, White and You" to increase that support for the #TakeJake and #FreesePlease campaigns, with each player sitting second in their respective league per Tuesday's released results. Peavy trails Texas' Yu Darvish in the American League race, while Freese, following Chipper Jones selection to replace Matt Kemp, has a slim lead over Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper.

"I think everybody teams up with somebody," Freese said. "I'm with Chicago."


"I've got some ties to [Freese] from when my brother played college ball with him," said Peavy. "I respect David as much as I respect anybody in the game for what he's been through and obviously what he's become. I like David a lot. I was excited that we decided to join forces. David's a good guy, and he is deserving."

Both Jay Nixon, the Governor of Missouri, and Pat Quinn, the Governor of Illinois, threw their support behind their state's candidate in a press release to announce the alliance. Quinn, a die-hard White Sox fan, even recorded a video that urged fans to vote for Peavy.

To receive the 2012 All-Star GameMLB.com Final Vote presented by Firestone mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for Peavy, simply text message A5 to 89269. To vote for Freese, text message N2 to 89269. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010. Standard rates may apply.

"We are proud to join forces to urge our fans to vote to send Jake Peavy and David Freese to the 83rd All-Star Game," said Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the White Sox and William DeWitt III, president of the St. Louis Cardinals in a joint statement announcing the Red, White & You! '12 campaign alliance.

There will be an extra treat for fans as a thanks for participating in the Final Vote. If you are not a current subscriber to MLB.TV or MLB.TV Premium, you will be offered the opportunity to receive a free trial of up to 14 days of 2012 MLB.TV from Friday through July 20. If you are a current subscriber, you will receive a 15-percent discount to the MLB.com Shop. MLB.com will send an email on Friday to all eligible Final Vote voters with instructions on how to redeem the applicable offer.

Balloting will be progressively intense, social media and hashtagging will be key, and you will get updates every day along the way, and remember to pay attention on the Fourth of July. Be sure to include #FinalVote with your tweets.

The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Peavy faced St. Louis on June 13 and took one of his two 1-0 losses this season. It was Carlos Beltran, and not Freese, whose home run provided the margin of difference on that night.

Their respective careers started with the Padres, another bond shared in this connection. Of even greater importance is that both men are enjoying their Final Vote candidacy.

"It's cool to be a part of, however it shakes out," Freese said. "We're having fun with it."

"That's the only way to do it, to have fun with it," Peavy said. "It's just been overwhelming the support and when you see friends coming forth, when they are not asked to, to help, it's just amazing and watching the PR department do their thing, I'm honored. Win, lose or draw, I can't think the city, the people all over the country who showed their love and support. It really means a lot to me after what I've been through here."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.