|The Paul-Star and Flying Hawaiian were the Final Men Standing!!!|
The fans have voted, and did so in record numbers. Over fifty million votes were cast. And in the end Paul Konerko of the White Sox and Shane Victorino of the Phillies won spots on their respective All-Star Teams as the winners of the Final Man Ballot.
Yes, alliances were formed once again, (Victor/Victorino; Rocks and Royals; the Beltways Ballot; Send Paul and Andre Home; Help Zo Go and Vote Ian In), and thanks to mobile voting and twitter, many famous fans put their two cents in. And if the voting was only taken via cell phones/iPhones/smartphones/whatever, then Alex Gordon and Todd Helton would be making arrangements for Phoenix. But 9.2 million votes, the most for any player amongst the ten, went to Victorino, while "Paul-Star" received just over 8.4 million.
Konerko now joins Carlos Quentin on the AL side. And "The Flying Hawaiian" follows Placido Polanco, Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, and Cliff Lee on the NL squad.
P.S. Pictures to come soon. jba