It didn't take long for the Royals to crank up their "Vote Gordo" campaign in an effort to secure a spot for left fielder Alex Gordon on the American League team for the All-Star Game on July 12 at Arizona. The official All-Star announcement show wasn't yet over Sunday morning on TBS when teammates Mitch Maier and Jeff Francoeur, soon joined by others, were sporting T-shirts with "Vote Gordo" applied with a Sharpie. "I'm going to rig it until we get real ones made," Maier said. "I'm going to go out for a (pregame) jog and try to get some Rockies fans to vote for Gordo." That brought a hoot from Billy Butler: "I've never seen him take a jog all season." Maier parried: "Right, but I didn't have this shirt on all season." The Royals are already working to have shirts available in time for tonight's series opener against the White Sox in Chicago. Gordon's bruised knee, suffered in Sunday's 16-8 victory at Colorado, won't slow the get-out-the-vote effort. Reliever Aaron Crow garnered the one spot guaranteed to the Royals on the AL team but Gordon is one of five players picked for the Final Vote campaign that determines the final player on the 34-man roster. "I'm glad Crow got in," Gordon said. "It was well-deserved, but I want to see two Royals go. That would be cool." The other Final Vote candidates are Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones, Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko, Detroit catcher Victor Martinez and Tampa Bay utilityman Ben Zobrist. Voting continues through 3 p.m. Thursday at www.mlb.com and www.royals.com. There is no limit to the number of votes an individual can cast. Teammates had already started to vote for Gordon prior to the game. "Gordon not getting picked is … put horse in there with some dashes," Francoeur chirped. "I want people out there to know how I feel. Freedom of speech."
`Vote Gordo' campaign for All-Star Game already in swing
Kansas City Star | Jul 4