ST. LOUIS, MO- In the years since Major League Baseball has used a “final player” fan vote format to select the last member of each league’s All-Star team, it’s been commonplace for alliances to form in an effort to boost chances for teams in both leagues.
This year, the Cardinals are teaming up with the Red Sox, to help Matt Carpenter and Boston’s Andrew Benintendi.
If you haven't been paying attention, we're helping out our friend the @Cardinals!
— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 10, 2018
But the Cardinals have also formed a partnership with an unlikely ally which would have flown under the radar if not for one of the biggest upsets in NCAA basketball history in March.
Noted dog lover @MattCarp13 would greatly appreciate @UMBCAthletics fans selecting him as the Final Vote Candidate for the MLB All-Star Game at https://t.co/ryfiFr81kR! 😉 #VoteCarp #VoteBenny pic.twitter.com/wr44yRGZL6
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) July 9, 2018
The University of Maryland-Baltimore County’s Athletic Department Twitter page exploded in followers this past spring, after the 16th seeded Retrievers became the first men’s basketball team to pull of an upset of a top seed when they defeated Virginia.
In turn, the @UMBCAthletics account is using the opportunity to get Cardinals fans to support the school’s bid for an ESPY Award.
#RetrieverNation we need you! While you're in the voting mood (Vote for us for the ESPYs at https://t.co/2Dpu2oLqRJ) our friends at the @Cardinals have informed us that @MattCarp13 needs help to get to the All Star game! He loves doggos so #VoteCarp! https://t.co/9bST3xgefU pic.twitter.com/D9R9ksR6mJ
— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) July 10, 2018
Voting for the final spots ends Wednesday at 3pm St. Louis time. In the last update put out by MLB prior to the end of voting, Carpenter was in fifth place in the National League, while Benintendi was in second place in the American League.