DENVER -- When you've fallen behind in the last moments of a campaign, it's time to party. That's where the Rockies and first baseman Justin Morneau are at this point of the All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Experian.
Word broke Wednesday afternoon that Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo had overtaken Morneau in fan voting for the final National League roster spot for Tuesday night's All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis. Morneau had been in the lead as of the first two updates. With the Rockies off today, the campaign has called for a party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. MT in Denver at the Tavern Downtown, 1949 Market St.
The shindig runs all the way up to the moment voting ends and runs during a prime tweeting time. (Instructions below.)
Workers in Lower Downtown -- LoDo, as the locals know it -- can spend their lunch periods taking advantage of prizes and food and drink specials. And, of course, they'll get to #VoteMorneau.
Of course, the Rockies and their revelry-making friends will have Cleveland on their minds, as the Rockies push the vote for Indians right-handed pitcher Corey Kluber unter the hashtag #ClevelandRox.
The Twins are taking time out from preparing to host the All-Star Game to push for Morneau, who spent most of this career with the Twins. The host team would love a homecoming, and are offering a unique Joe Mauer /Morneau double bobble for a lucky retweeter.
Rockies teammate Michael Cuddyer, who played alongside Morneau with the Twins, threw in his own offer:
To encourage everyone to #VoteMorneau, I have a special prize for the person who votes the most! Details tomorrow!- Michael Cuddyer (@mcuddy3) July 9, 2014
And what's a campaign that doesn't cast aspersions on the other candidates. Rockies left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson slung one late Wednesday afternoon.
I heard all the other candidates hate puppies...therefore #VoteMorneau- Brett Anderson (@BAnderson_30) July 9, 2014
Here's the official info, which all fans who have followed the race should know by heart by now:
Immediately following the announcement of the American League and National League All-Star rosters on Sunday, fans began voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each league until the winners are announced after the voting concludes today at 2 p.m. MT.
Fans can also cast votes on the mobile web at MLB.com/vote or via text message. To receive the Final Vote ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for a specific player, fans can text their choice to 89269. For example: Text "N2" to vote for Morneau. Standard message and data rates may apply. Text "STOP" to end and "HELP" for information. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010.
For the third consecutive year, the All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote will include social balloting participation, as Twitter support from the 10 candidates' fans over the last six hours of balloting will count toward their final vote totals. From 8 a.m. to noon MT today, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the winners. Fans will be able to follow @MLB for the latest standings updates over the course of the entire four-day voting period.
The hashtags and text designations are as follows:
Dallas Keuchel: #VoteKeuchel (A1)
Corey Kluber: #VoteKluber (A2)
Rick Porcello: #PickRick (A3)
Garrett Richards: #VoteGRich (A4)
Chris Sale: #TargetSale (A5)
The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again allow fans to help choose the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com and via Twitter in the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.TV Premium subscribers, for the first time, will be able to live stream the All-Star Game via MLB.TV through FOX's participating video providers. Access will be available across more than 400 platforms that support MLB.TV, including the award-winning MLB.com At Bat app. MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.