A thank you from A.J.

Thanks from A.J.

Dear White Sox Fans,

Thank you for all your votes and for helping me become a 2006 American League All-Star. Being selected as one of the Final Vote nominees was special, but to be selected as an All-Star by the fans -- over four very talented and deserving players -- is truly an unbelievable honor.

Ever since I joined the White Sox, it's been one dream come true after another. From the amazing 2005 season and a World Series title, to this year's great start and now my second All-Star berth, I'm so fortunate that I found a place I can call home. The White Sox have the best fans in the world, and your support for me during these past few days just proves how passionate and dedicated you are.

I'll do everything I can to help the American League win the All-Star Game and secure home-field advantage for the World Series. Hopefully, it will end up benefiting the White Sox come October!

Thank you again, White Sox fans!