When I was a kid, I’d range all over Tiger Stadium after a game collecting discarded All-Star ballots and make my family wait for me as I punched out Tiger names in dozens of the things before handing them to a kindly usher or dropping them into the big box at the top of the stairway to the main concourse. But for all my efforts, I never accomplished my ultimate goal: having Tom Brookens start an All-Star Game over George Brett. I’m still kind of bitter about that, but I no longer feel guilty for my failure. I just realize that I wasn’t properly incentivized:
Voting is now open at orioles.com for the 2009 MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis — and the Orioles have some All-Star rewards just for you!
Vote at orioles.com and list the O’s as your “favorite team” or “other favorite team,” and you’ll receive an exclusive promo code good for $5 off any ticket to an Orioles non-prime home game after the All-Star break. But, if you vote the maximum 25 times, you’ll receive a promo code good for a FREE UPPER RESERVE ticket to any O’s non-prime home game after the break! So vote early … and vote often!
Yeah, bribes are unseemly, but no one will care when Greg Zaun is the AL’s starting catcher come July and the Upper Reserve section of Camden Yards is filled with happy fans come August.
And remember: This time it counts!
(thanks to Wooden U. Lykteneau for the heads up)