OAKLAND -- A trio of fans had a nice little tussle in the second deck of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Saturday night. But eventually, the ball ended up in the hands of the proper person -- Rockies right fielder Brad Hawpe.
Hawpe launched a two-run shot for his 100th career homer during the second inning of the Rockies' 11-9 victory. Arrangements were made to deliver the special baseball to Hawpe after the game.
"It's a nice number for me," Hawpe said. "I'm excited and happy for it, and I know it's not the end of it."
It's just another milestone en route to what should be his first All-Star Game trip on July 14 at St. Louis' Busch Stadium. Hawpe is not among the leaders among NL outfielders. Two other Rockies who have had strong years, first baseman Todd Helton and second baseman Clint Barmes, also aren't among the leaders at their positions.
Even though in-stadium voting has ended, it's not too late for fans to help their Rockies.
Fans can still vote online for starters up to 25 times with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Thursday at 9:59 p.m. MT.
Starting rosters will be announced during the 2009 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Pepsi on TBS on July 5. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote at MLB.com.
And the voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint MVP Vote at MLB.com.
The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.