For Pete's Sake

Royals and Cardinals are joining forces in All-Star Game Final Vote contest

The Royals' Mike Moustakas is part of an All-Star partnership of sorts with the Cardinals, unlike earlier this season at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals' Mike Moustakas is part of an All-Star partnership of sorts with the Cardinals, unlike earlier this season at Kauffman Stadium. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

The I-70 rivalry is being put on hold. For the next few days, Royals and Cardinals fans are being asked to work together.

Seriously.

The Royals and Cardinals announced Wednesday that they will combine efforts over the next two days. Their focus? Getting people to vote for third baseman Mike Moustakas and Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez in the Final Vote contest for the All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

Kansas City Royals pitcher Wade Davis talks about being selected to the 2015 All-Star game. Video by John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star

Both are among the final five players from each league on the Final Vote ballot.

“While the Royals-Cardinals rivalry is among the best in the game, we are proud to join forces to urge fans to send a clear message that we are teams united in our commitment to ensure that the best players take the field for the All-Star Game,” said Royals president Dan Glass and Cardinals president William DeWitt III said in a joint statement.

Kansas City Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera talks about being chosen to the 2015 All-Star game. Video by John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star

The teams even enlisted Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to help.

“With outstanding seasons so far by both the Cardinals and Royals, Missouri is home to the top team in each league,” Nixon said in a statement. “It’s time for fans of both teams to cast that Final Vote for both Mike Moustakas and Carlos Martinez so there is as much Royals blue and Cardinals red on the field next week in Cincinnati as possible.”

Moustakas is leading after the first update of voting.

The Final Vote balloting will end at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Fans can vote at www.royals.com. The Royals said fans can text A5 for Moustakas or N4 for Martinez to 89269 until the voting period ends. Additionally, during the last 6 hours of voting Friday from 9 a.m to 3 p.m., tweets using #VoteMoose and #VoteTsunami will also count as votes for each candidate.

After getting approval from Major League Baseball and the Players Association, Game Time Graphics Inc. of Independence began screen-printing T-shirts featuring the six Royals players who have been selected to play in the 2015 All-Star Game. Fans c

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