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Get Off My Lawn and Into the Voting Booth

Well, this is a new one to me. The Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies are attempting to double team the fan vote for the last remaining all-star selection in each league. To do so, the teams have worked to create the admittedly clever "Bran Torino" campaign.

Bran Torino is in reference to Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge and Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino. See what they did there?

So is it working? Well, sort of. While the movie Gran Torino was shut out of the Oscars, Inge and Victorino both stand a decent chance on the final day of voting.

As of yesterday afternoon, Inge held a nine percentage point edge over the Rangers' Ian Kinsler in the American League vote while Victorino was two percentage points behind the man they call Kung Fu Panda, San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Cam outlined Sandoval's résumé earlier this week and it's clear to see why he would nab the fan vote, but things have actually heated up in the NL race.

Victorino has been soliciting votes in both his native Hawaii and in Philadelphia. Victorino made some calls to radio stations in Hawaii and did some door-to-door campaigning along with Philadelphia's mayor.

Sandoval has a campaign video created by fans that channels Napoleon Dynamite.

Arizona's Mark Reynolds is in third place in the NL vote but has the backing of former presidential candidate and Arizona-native John McCain who backed the Diamondbacks slugger on his twitter page.

Is this all a bit ridiculous? Sure, but hey, it's fun, which is always good. So do your civic duty as a baseball fan and vote for someone before the polls close today at 4 p.m. Remember, if you don't vote, you have no right to complain.

By CJ Holley  |  July 9, 2009; 10:07 AM ET
Categories:  Diamondbacks , Giants , Phillies , Rangers , Tigers  | Tags: All-Star Game, Bran Torino, all-star voting, arizona diamondbacks, brandon inge, detroit tigers, mark reynolds, pablo sandoval, philadelphia phillies, shane victorino  
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I think its a great marketing scheme for the two teams to work together like this. Are any other clubs doing the same thing?

Victorino made a great case for himself last night by having a killer game. Stolen base, runs scored, game winning hit, etc. Hopefully this pushes him over the edge.

Posted by: PhilliesPhan | July 9, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

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