NEW YORK -- Didi Gregorius needs your help to attend his first All-Star Game (Tuesday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX), and the Yankees are dangling some of the most coveted seats in The Bronx as a reward, offering an opportunity to sit in the new "Judge's Chambers"
NEW YORK -- Didi Gregorius needs your help to attend his first All-Star Game (Tuesday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX), and the Yankees are dangling some of the most coveted seats in The Bronx as a reward, offering an opportunity to sit in the new "Judge's Chambers" area for Sunday's game against the Brewers.
Gregorius is one of the five candidates for the American League Esurance All-Star Game Final Vote. Until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, fans can fill out unlimited ballots at http://www.yankees.com/vote or cast up to 35 ballots by texting 'A3' to 89269.
• Cast your Esurance Final Vote for Gregorius
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, any Tweet that includes #SirDidi4Sure will count toward his vote total. Fans who vote via text or online and post a screenshot with #SirDidi4Sure will be entered into a drawing to swing a foam gavel before the All-Stars depart for the July 11 Midsummer Classic at Marlins Park.
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"It's pretty obvious from the numbers that he's putting up and the type of player that he is, how huge he is to our team," Aaron Judge said. "I think he's an All-Star in every form, on and off the field. Great guy. Great competitor. Great teammate. And he puts up the numbers. So vote for 'Sir Didi.'"
The 27-year-old Gregorius, who went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run scored in Monday's 6-3 Yankees win over the Blue Jays, entered Monday batting .310/.333/.489 with 11 doubles, 10 home runs and 36 RBIs in 57 games, having missed the first month of the season while he recovered from a right shoulder strain. He is hitting .327 (17-for-52) against left-handed pitching.
"Both defensively and offensively, he's a guy that has helped our team to put us where we are now," Dellin Betances said. "I think he's very deserving. We've got to do the best we can to vote for Didi."
Gregorius hopes to become the sixth Yankees All-Star heading to Miami, joining Betances, Starlin Castro, Judge, Gary Sanchez and Luis Severino.
"You look at the production we've gotten from him this season, I think he's an All-Star," manager Joe Girardi said. "The thing is, there's a lot of places that Didi's been and a lot of languages that he speaks. So we can vote in Dutch, we can vote in Spanish, and Papiamentu and English. Vote any way you can, but just vote for Didi."
The Yankees have partnered with the Rockies, whose Final Vote candidate is slugger Mark Reynolds, and Gregorius is giving Reynolds an honorary emoji (the mountains). The Yankees on Demand crew is also working on a special video with several of Gregorius' Yankees teammates that should be released in the near future.
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Fans can cast ballots for the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com, Club sites and their mobile devices until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will then be announced during "MLB Tonight" live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m. Extensive coverage throughout the Final Vote will be provided by MLB Network and MLB.com, including interviews with the candidates, frequent updates, heat maps indicating where votes are being cast for each candidate, news on player and club campaigns, and a running countdown clock leading up to the announcement.
Now in its 16th season, with more than 680 million votes cast, the Final Vote again will include social votes on the last day of balloting, as Twitter support for the 10 candidates over the final six hours of balloting will count toward their vote totals. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ET on Thursday, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the winners.
On Tuesday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m. ET, tune in to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote. The 88th All-Star Game, in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.