In a surprise finish, the unheralded Podsednik edged popular
Yankees captain Derek Jeter for the 32nd roster spot on the
American League squad. With Podsednik's teammates campaigning for
him, the major league leader in stolen bases, also beat out
Minnesota center fielder Torii Hunter, New York outfielder Hideki
Matsui and Tampa Bay outfielder Carl Crawford.
Podsednik is batting .286 with 46 runs scored as the White Sox's
Oswalt is 11-7 with a 2.44 ERA after throwing a five-hitter in a
4-1 victory Monday over San Diego. He topped four other NL
pitchers: San Diego's Trevor Hoffman, Arizona's Brandon Webb, and
Philadelphia's Billy Wagner and Brett Myers.
The White Sox made a strong push for Podsednik the past few
days. They had a laptop in the dugout before Tuesday's game for
players to cast their votes. Employees wore shirts and pins
encouraging fans to vote for Podsednik, and the organization ran
announcements at the stadium and during broadcasts.
Podsednik's victory was announced during Wednesday night's home
game against Tampa Bay, bringing a roar from the crowd.
He joins Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko and pitchers Mark Buehrle and Jon Garland on the AL All-Star team. The last time the
White Sox had four All-Stars was 1975, when Bucky Dent, Rich
Gossage, Jim Kaat and Jorge Orta were selected.