"All five of us are deserving. I'm happy for Freddie," Pence said. "This is his first [All-Star Game], so that makes it more special."
Pence was an All-Star in 2009 and 2011 while with the Astros. He praised Giants fans for showering him with encouragement -- and votes -- despite the club's colossal slump.
"I want them to know their efforts are greatly appreciated," he said. "I wish I could explain to them how much their effort for me means."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.