Today is the last day you can vote to elect Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello as the final member American League All-Star team. The polls close at 4:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

We've informed you of the election, made the case for for Porcello, and even made the case against his main competitors.

It hasn't been enough as our hometown hero has trailed throughout the voting process. But there is still time for Porcello to close the gap and take the roster spot that he so rightly deserves. And to help motivate you to do the right thing and vote Porcello, we are reducing ourselves to the basest of internet gimmicks: A listicle with animated .gifs.

So, here you go, eight fun facts (with .gifs) that will convince you to vote for Rick Porcello.

Porcello is from New Jersey, so you know he's a tough guy like from The Sopranos.

Porcello is also really smart. He graduated high school with a 3.94 grade point average.

After being drafted in the first round, the Tigers gave Porcello a $3.5 million signing bonus.

The Florida State League named Porcello its Pitcher of the Week on May 12, 2008.

As a rookie in 2009, the 20-year-old Porcello was the youngest player in the American League.

When the Tigers signed Torii Hunter, he offered to buy Porcello's number. Porcello donated the money to Hurricane Sandy relief.


For every vote you cast on Twitter (just tweet using the #pickrick hashtag) Thursday, Porcello will donate 21 cents to the Boys and Girls Club of America.

If you don't vote for Porcello, someone from the Chicago White Sox may get that roster spot. Think about that. Chicago.

VOTE RICK PORCELLO RIGHT NOW!

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