[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/06/art.youkilis.0706.gi.jpg caption="Sen. John Kerry sent a mass e-mail Tuesday to three million of his supporters asking them to vote Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis into the MLB All Star Game."]Washington (CNN) – If Boston Red Sox slugger Kevin Youkilis ends up making the 2010 American League All Star team, he might have Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry to thank.
That's because Kerry sent a mass e-mail Tuesday to some three million supporters asking them to cast their votes for the first baseman.
"Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox is an All Star in anyone's book. He plays the game the way it's supposed to be played, he hustles, he has a great bat and a glove to match, and he brings with it the kind of intensity we respected for years in guys like Trot Nixon," Kerry writes. "Youk deserves to be in the All-Star game - while the team has grinded it out in spite of injury after injury, he's been a rock. But now he needs to win a fan vote to make it to Anaheim next week."
A part of the special "2010 All Star Game Final Vote," Youkilis is facing off against four other players for the 34th and final selection to this year's team.
Major League Baseball announced the bulk of the 2010 rosters on Sunday.
Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher currently leads the online vote, but is closely followed by Youkilis, Rangers third baseman Michael Young, White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko and Twins left fielder Delmon Young.
The fact that a player from the rival Yankees is currently leading is not lost on Kerry.
"The stakes are also just a little personal: in the fan voting, currently Nick Swisher of the Yankees is in first place. Swisher's having a fine year, but Youk is better in just about every category, batting average, slugging, homeruns, everything and he plays Gold Glove defense to boot.
"Please don't let anyone say that Swisher beat Youkilis because Sox fans have gone a little soft after '04 and '07. Let's show we're still the most ravenous fans in baseball," Kerry writes.
Fans have until Thursday afternoon to vote for their favorite.