Hawaiian Flyin' to St. Louis!
Thanks to fans, Phils outfielder a St. Louis-bound All-Star
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
07/09/09 5:15 PM ET
PHILADELPHIA -- Shane Victorino is headed to St. Louis.
The Phillies outfielder won the National League's All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote at MLB.com for the final roster spot on the NL All-Star team. Victorino beat Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval in a close vote that seesawed since they were named two of the league's five candidates on Sunday. Detroit's Brandon Inge, Victorino's partner in their "Bran-Torino" push, won the final American League spot.
Victorino took the lead from Sandoval earlier on Thursday.
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, D-backs third baseman Mark Reynolds and Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman rounded out the NL candidates.
Victorino made a big effort to win. He campaigned throughout Philadelphia, even knocking on doors with Mayor Michael Nutter in South Philadelphia. He appeared on local and national TV and radio. He appeared in commercials. The Phillies promoted him heavily throughout the ballpark, including having ballgirls wear Hawaiian shirts.