The votes are in, and a select squad of players from the Cubs and White Sox are among the MLB standouts headed to the MLB All-Star Game in Washington, D.C. July 17.
Willson Contreras and Javier Baez made the All-Star roster for the very first time, and are slated to start for the National League.
"[It] took me by surprise," smiled Contreras. "My first reaction was like, 'I have no words to say,' but then I started crying when I went down to the cage because I hoped for. I've been working every single game and I play every single game like it is my last one."
Jon Lester will also make his fifth appearance in the mid-summer classic and his second as a Cub.
Jose Abreu is the Sox lone All-Star, but he'll be starting for the American League. He's the first South Sider to be voted in since Frank Thomas in 1996.