The Milwaukee Brewers marketing department gets some major props for this new video designed to drum up support for the All-Star Game campaign of center fielder Carlos Gomez.
Gomez was third among National League outfielders as of earlier this week, but is in a close battle with Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins, Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies for the final two spots—the four are separated by less than 130,000 votes.
Gomez’s spot in the starting lineup is particularly precarious—he leads McCutchen by just 1,658 votes in results through Monday.
The ad is a nice mockery current political advertising, yet doesn’t take on the appearance of a full-out attack ad (which is a nice deviation from the political norm these days).
Gomez led all National Leaguers last season in wins above replacement and is currently seventh among position players this season. He was also a Gold Glove winner in 2013 and has continued his solid play into 2014.
He is eighth in the NL in batting average (.310), fourth in slugging (.552), fifth in OPS (.931), sixth in runs (42), ninth in hits (74), fourth in total bases (132), sixth in doubles (18), and 10th in stolen bases (11).
Gomez is in the second year of a four-year contract extension worth $28.3 million—a deal that is looking more and more like a steal for the Brewers with each passing game.
Ryan Braun, who is currently sixth in the voting among NL outfielders, is the one of the last Brewers elected to start an All-Star Game, earning the nod for the 2011 game in Phoenix, along with Prince Fielder (also elected in 2007) and Rickie Weeks. Braun was also elected to start in 2008-10.
Don Money was the first Brewer elected to start an All-Star Game in 1978. Others to win fan voting and start include Paul Molitor (1980, 1988), Ben Oglivie (1980), Cecil Cooper (1982) and Robin Yount (1982-83).
Voting continues through July 3 and ballots can be cast here. The 2014 All-Star Game is set for July 15 in Minneapolis.