White Sox and Cardinals announce All-Star Balloting alliance: Red, white & you!

The White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they are joining forces to urge fans to vote for Jake Peavy and David Freese for the All-Star Game in Kansas City.  Both players are on the ballot for the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote sponsored by Firestone underway through Thursday at 3PM.

“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.

As part of the Final Vote, fans can vote to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster.  Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the next few days and the winners will be announced after the voting concludes on Thursday, July 5th.  Now in its eight year, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on their mobile phones.

The alliance is the first for the two clubs who share some of the same geography, and whose fans have some common interests.  The unusual baseball alliance captured the attention of the governors of Missouri and Illinois, who are both big baseball fans.  Each offered candidate endorsements tailored to walk the diplomatic fine line.

“Jake Peavy is one of the elite pitchers in the game,” said Pat Quinn, the Governor of Illinois, “the American League needs to take Jake to Kansas City to battle a formidable National League team.”

“David Freese is a Missouri native and hometown hero who belongs at the All-Star Game in Kansas City,” said Jay Nixon, the Governor of Missouri. “I urge fans to vote for David Freese Please.”

Fans can still vote online at either the White Sox web site (whitesox.com), the Cardinals web site (cardinals.com), or by texting A5 for Jake Peavy to 89269 and N2 for David Freese and until 3:00 p.m. CST Thursday, July 5.