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ISSUE: Voting for Steve Delabar
OUR VIEW: Today is the final day
Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game goes back 80 years. It is the granddaddy of all such professional exhibitions pitting the best of the best each summer in what has rightly been called the Midsummer Classic.
In the rich legacy of the sport, this game is a place of memories. It’s Fred Lynn recording four RBI in a single inning in 1983. It’s the 1970 classic featuring Pete Rose at his Charlie Hustle-best mowing down catcher Ray Fosse. Then there’s 1967 when Tony Perez of the Reds blasted a homer off Catfish Hunter in the 15th inning to earn MVP honors and the National League victory.
Even in its infancy, the game built legends. Babe Ruth hit two home runs in the very first game in 1933. A year later, Carl Hubble recorded consecutive strike outs of future Hall-of-Famers’ Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin.
Something could occur this summer that local baseball fans never have seen. A Hardin Countian could be in the lineup.
Steve Delabar, a relief pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, is having an All-Star kind of year. Left off the roster, he’s being considered in a group of other American League players for the final spot. The promotion, which collects votes THROUGH a variety of electronic means, is the Final Vote.
Ballots may be cast until 4 p.m. today. This is not a government-operated election. It’s more of a popularity contest with multiple votes being accepted. You truly can vote early and often.
There’s an online ballot available at www.mlb.com. Click on the correct box and keep clicking.
To receive the mobile ballot, text the word VOTE to 89269. They respond with your selection to the same number. For Delabar, the proper text is A2.
Finally, if you use Twitter, any message that you send today will be counted as a vote for Delabar if it cares the hashtag #RaiseTheBar.
Delabar is in the lead but campaigns like the one the Blue Jays launched on his behalf are going on for the other players under consideration. You can bet someone somewhere with a quick clicking finger is voting for another player.
If you want to see a Central Hardin graduate and former coach recognized as one of the best of the best, here’s your opportunity to act.
Hopefully, your boss will be understanding and it won’t stop all workplace productivity.
This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.