Monday, July 5, 2010

How Much Do You REALLY Like Mike? Rangers Want You to Prove It

This MLB All-Star game vote-in is getting intense.  You know the drill: cast your vote for one of the final five spots on the AL All-Star team and the player with the most votes gets to go.

Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher appealed to his 1,218,231 Twitter followers (at last count) with the following cry:

I need yalls help! Go to www.yankees.com and vote as many times as you want and #SENDSWISH .

It's working, as Swisher currently has the early lead in voting.  Boston's Kevin Youkilis is second, followed by Rangers third baseman Michael Young, who's made six straight All-Star game appearances.

In effort to get more fans to vote for Young, the Rangers will enter voters into a sweepstakes drawing for a suite to a 2010 Rangers home game for each of the first 25 times they vote for Young.  Today they added another incentive.

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RANGERS FANS RECEIVE TICKET DISCOUNT

IN 2010 ALL-STAR GAME FINAL VOTE BALLOTING

Effort to send Michael Young to 7th straight All-Star Game ends Thursday at 3:00 p.m. CT

Arlington, Texas—Texas Rangers fans who participate in the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote initiative receive an added benefit—a 50% ticket discount good for selected home games in August and September.

The “I Like Mike” campaign to send Michael Young to his seventh consecutive All-Star Game continues until 3:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, July 8.

Young is one of the five players in contention for the 34th and final spot on the American League team. That All-Star is being selected in on-line fan balloting in the 2010 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote on texasrangers.com and mlb.com.

Fans voting on-line will automatically be eligible for a 50% discount in all ticket categories up to $30.00 for a selected Rangers home game in August or September. Full information on the discount can to be found at texasrangers.com/allstar.

The Rangers are also offering an All-Star sweepstakes prize of a suite for 20 for a Rangers game in 2010. Fans will be automatically registered for the sweepstakes each of the first 25 times they vote for Young in the All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote on texasrangers.com/allstar. THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF TIMES THAT FANS MAY VOTE IN THE ALL-STAR GAME SPRINT FINAL VOTE. However, fans will be registered to win for the sweepstakes just the first 25 times they vote for Young. All rules for the sweepstakes can also be found on texasrangers.com/allstar.
Fans can also vote for Young during all three games during this current series with the Cleveland Indians at the Rangers All-Star Balloting Center, which is located on the main concourse behind home plate.
In addition, fans can vote on their mobile phones. Mobile voting is exclusive to Sprint, Nextel, and Boost subscribers. From these mobile phones, fans can text A5 to 1122 to cast votes for Young. Standard rate messaging fees apply, and fans are asked to check with their carriers.
Young is seeking his seventh consecutive All-Star selection. He was selected as a reserve at shortstop from 2004-08 and started at third base in place of the injured Evan Longoria of Tampa Bay in 2009. The six All-Star selections are the second most in Rangers history behind ten for Ivan Rodriguez. Young is 4-for-12 with a double, triple, and 3 RBI in five previous All-Star appearances (DNP in 2007). He was the game’s MVP in 2006 with his game-winning two-run triple in the top of the ninth inning. He is hitting .307 with 11 homers and 51 RBI in 81 games this season.
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