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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Get ready to punch those ballots, Mets fans.
WFAN radio co-host Craig Carton promised he’d end Tuesday’s program with the keys to the “David Wright bus” — and he delivered. Gray Line tours has agreed to lend its double-decker to the “Boomer & Carton” crew on June 30.
Here’s the deal: If you can prove you voted for Wright 1,000 times for the upcoming All-Star game, Carton will give you a ticket to that day’s Mets game and let you on the bus, which will be headed straight for Citi Field.
“That sounds like a great idea,” Gray Line marketing director David Chien said on-air at 9:02 a.m. “Anything for David, you know that. Let’s do it.”
The Mets will be giving away Wright bobbleheads prior to the Sunday afternoon game against the Washington Nationals. The third baseman has closed the gap in this year’s All-Star balloting and trails San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval — who beat him out in 2012 — by just over 126,000 votes.
Chien offered up a second bus for the cause, bringing the total number of spots to around 100.
“Maybe we should get a little more people there,” Chien said. “One-hundred sounds better than 50, what do you think?”
Two full buses would mean 100,000 votes for Wright.
Carton and co-host Boomer Esiason have been leading the charge to get Wright the start in baseball’s Midsummer Classic, which will be held next month at the Mets’ home park in Flushing. They’re hoping to get tens of thousands of votes in the books Friday, when a dozen women participate in three hours of ballot-punching during the “Boomer & Carton” show.
In-stadium paper balloting ends on June 28, though fans can vote online through July 4. Carton said details of the Vote Wright bus trip would be announced later this week.
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