CHICAGO -- Jake Peavy didn't look like a nervous candidate on Election Day as he walked into the White Sox clubhouse a few hours prior to Thursday afternoon's contest against the Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field.
Instead, one of the American League representatives in the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Firestone (#FinalVote) seemed to be enjoying the entertaining campaign.
"We've had a lot of fun, we really have, in a good way," Peavy said of the #TakeJake Final Vote campaign, put together by the White Sox. "We've had fun with it, and certainly we want to win. If something happens where we pull this thing off, it would be truly amazing.
"Like I said, it would be an honor to go. At the same time, I could never, never thank everyone who has been involved -- starting with this PR staff. I couldn't thank them enough for what they've done for me.
The Final Vote has introduced a new element for candidates such as Peavy, as Twitter support from fans over the last four hours of balloting today will count toward their final vote total. Until the balloting ends today at 3 p.m. CT, Twitter support from fans will count toward the candidates' Final Vote totals. Any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the overall vote total used to determine the American League and National League winners. Fans may follow @MLB on the social networking service for the latest standings updates in advance of the deadline.
More than 40 million votes have been cast and the usual late flurry of votes will be forthcoming in this campaign, which started at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday with candidates presented by AL manager Ron Washington and NL manager Tony La Russa. The winners from each league will be announced on MLB.com shortly after the ballot closing, and those two players will become the 34th and final additions to the rosters for the 83rd All-Star Game on Tuesday in Kansas City.
#TakeJake is the hashtag to be used for Peavy, while #FreesePlease is the hashtag for Cardinals third baseman David Freese. The White Sox and Cardinals have formed a Final Vote alliance known as 'Red, White & You.'
Peavy sits in second place behind Texas pitcher Yu Darvish as of Thursday morning's vote results. Freese continues to lead the NL voting.
To receive the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.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, simply text message N2 to 89269. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010. Standard rates may apply.
While Peavy was going to work in preparation for Friday's start in the series opener against the Blue Jays, he couldn't help but laugh in admiration at Gordon Beckham's parody of the right-hander during a campaign ad, run first during Wednesday night's game. The mannerisms and buzzwords tied to Peavy were spot on by Beckham, although Peavy added that some other humorous parts of the video ended up as outtakes.
"There's no doubt that it tops the list of fun things that has happened," said Peavy, who pointed to White Sox captain Paul Konerko as the mastermind, producer and director of the Beckham parody video. "He had a lot of it down I'm pretty sure."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.