UPDATE: As promised, here’s a little more info. Grady just let the beat writers and other media know that Nomar is going to start taking some ground balls and working out at third base in the next few days, as there’s a chance he’ll start playing there. And as you can imagine, Nomar seems totally fine with it. He played there with the Cubs briefly and a little in high school and I truly believe him when he says "whatever’s best for the team."
Continue reading below for the earlier post…
Updated balloting came out today for the All-Star team and while there’s good news (Russell is still in the lead), the lead has shrunk slightly with just four days left. The Mets put on a huge campaign to try and help Paul Lo Duca, so be sure to pass along the word to your friends who haven’t voted that they can still do it until 9 p.m. PT on Thursday night. If you’ve got friends who aren’t Dodger fans, tell them to vote, too. If they know anything about baseball, they know that Russell deserves to start the All-Star Game and will vote for him. Sunday night, results will be announced and it’s entirely possible that Martin, Penny, Saito, Lowe and Kent could all make the team.
CORRECTION: So our math skills aren’t great…Martin is actually up by more than 200,000. Sorry to scare everyone (or those of you who read this before the correction). Still, work is not done yet.
Meanwhile, Russell is on the front of ESPN.com right now, as Amy Nelson came out to do a video piece on him while we were at home. It turned out quite nice and even shows some of the Vote for Russell stickers that were made by Kara Mooney, the front office’s de facto campaign manager.
Here’s today’s lineup, with an interesting piece of news coming shortly. Hate to leave you hanging like that, but stay tuned.