Fans Punch A.J.
By Benjy Lipsman in News on Jul 7, 2006 12:41PM
We did it again! For the second straight year, a member of the White Sox was voted by fans in MLB's Final Vote for the 32nd roster spot in the All Star Game. A.J. Pierzynski beat out 4 other worthy contenders for the honor, just as Scott Podsednik did last year.
Once again, the White Sox marketing staff jumped into action to promote their candidate, coming up with their "Punch A.J." campaign. Playing off his little incident with Cubs catcher Michael Barrett, fans were encouraged to go to mlb.com and vote for the scrappy catcher. His addition to the AL All Star team bring the total number of White Sox on the roster to seven.
In the National League, former Cubs shortstop Nomar Garciaparra easily won the Final Vote. After all, he leading the NL in batting average this year.