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Chicago swept the MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, with the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo and White Sox's Chris Sale each earning enough fan votes to play in the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday in Minneapolis.
How did they do it? Sure, perhaps it's because each player deserved to be All-Stars based on their on-field performance (Sale especially). Or it could be they were pushed through via heavy (and often clever) use of social media, via the hashtags #VoteRizzo and #TargetSale, with each tweet containing said hashtags counting as an official vote for the player.
Check it out:
He swings at pitches that hit him and still has 20 homers #voterizzo— Mike Olt (@mike_olt) July 10, 2014
RIZZO ENDED GARZA'S NO HITTER WITH HIS MIND! #VoteRizzo— Rick Renteria (@notrickrenteria) July 10, 2014
Chris Sale(Note: Chef Morimoto and LaRoyce Hawkins indeed retweeted the Sox.)
Why does the Cubs' new mascot look like he's sorry? Mascots are supposed to look like a bizarro conception of hip and sassy -- one eyebrow raised, a smirk, maybe a pair of sunglasses. This guy, the first mascot in Cubs history, just looks vaguely apologetic, like he's holding up a baseball and saying "I have no idea what to do with this." Much like the real-life Cubs team, only more on the nose.
Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story: