With two previous American League Final Vote winners already on their resume, the White Sox have raised their own bar for the 2008 competition involving right fielder Jermaine Dye.
They appear ready and willing for the challenge, despite factoring in Monday's day off and just two games in Kansas City before the Monster Final Vote winner is announced on Thursday evening.
"I know I'll do all I can to get him there," said White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, showing his support for Dye. Pierzynski won the 2006 Final Vote behind the organization's famous "Punch A.J." campaign.
"We realistically have a little bit of an uphill climb, given the logistics of it," added Scott Reifert, White Sox vice president of communications. "But the White Sox fans have risen to the occasion two other times, so let's do it again."
White Sox fans jumped out to a good start on Monday, with Dye checking in at a close second to Tampa Bay rookie sensation Evan Longoria in the first round of announced results. Mobilizing the forces almost immediately on Sunday helped Dye's chances to play in New York for the Midsummer Classic. ...