The four-day campaign to get Shane Victorino voted onto the National League all-star team was intense and exhaustive, and it worked.
When the online voting ended at 4 p.m. yesterday, the Phillies centerfielder became the 33d and final player on the roster. He will join teammates Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard for the midseason classic Tuesday in St. Louis.
"I knew this was an opportunity for me to really see and understand what it's like to be a Phillie," Victorino said before last night's game against Cincinnati at Citizens Bank Park. "To get the number of votes I did . . . I'm very appreciative and hopefully, we can keep going and bring them another World Series."
One of five candidates chosen by NL manager Charlie Manuel for the final balloting, Victorino received a record 15.6 million votes, according to MLB.com, the Web site that conducted the voting. A total of 68.6 million fans voted, the most ever in the eight-year history of the final vote, according to MLB.com.
Victorino beat out runner-up Pablo Sandoval, the Giants' third baseman. The other candidates were Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman, and Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds.
Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge won the final spot on the AL roster with 11.8 million votes.
The Phillies and Tigers created a "Bran-Torino" campaign, combining the players' names in a catchphrase that evidently caught on with voters.
The campaign to get Victorino to the All-Star Game began in earnest on Monday when he and Mayor Nutter stumped by knocking on the doors of homes in South Philadelphia near the ballpark.
Victorino was asked if he enjoyed the process. "Oh, yeah, I definitely did," he said. "The first day I was definitely gung-ho. I said to myself, I have to focus on the field and that's what I did, and I'm sure doing what I did last night just added to it, added some excitement."
Victorino alluded to his ninth-inning single that gave the Phillies a 3-2 win over the Reds on Wednesday. Afterward, Phillies pitcher Chan Ho Park pranced in front of television cameras wearing a "Vote for Shane" placard.
Victorino had four hits in Monday's 22-1 rout of Cincinnati and went into last night's game batting .464 (13 for 28) in the first six games of this homestand.
"I never doubted Phillies fans," Victorino said. "But it was about other fans coming through for their players. From day one I said I've got a great chance to win this. Hopefully, they'll be happy and appreciative, and I'm thankful for what they did for me."