July 6th, 2010
02:54 PM ET
12 years ago

Kerry urges supporters to vote for Youkilis, top Yankees

[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.

Filed under: John Kerry
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Larry

    This doesn't belong in the politicial ticker.

    July 6, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Dave

    Let him keep up that and stop ruining the rest of our lives with far left liberal policies and made up war stories.

    July 6, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Augsbee

    Wow, that's incredible!!!! what a shame Sen.Kerry didn't spend that time on the people of Louisiana. Can you imagine if he had send out 3 million emails asking people to help out Louisiana????? I guess the game is more important.

    July 6, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. snow

    I wonder if kerry got his wifes permission to send out the e-mails. He does not come out from behind her skirts unless she tells him to.

    July 6, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Tommy

    Is this all he has to worry about?

    July 6, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. jeff jackson, alabama

    What the heck has this got to do with politics ?

    July 6, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Jonathan

    What a garbage, canned response. Instead of saying it for "grinding reasons," something any idiot can refer to (Especially Kerry himself, a big fan of Manny Ortez). Especially if he's going to compare him to a guy like Nixon who, while greatly respected, wasn't exactly All Star material.

    Youkilis should be voted for because he's, statistically speaking, the best player on the final ballot. Heck, the fact Girardi put A-Rod on the team ahead of him is idiotic enough (Outside of RBI, Youk's got him topped in pretty much every offensive category this year and is a better defender at both first and third).

    July 6, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. the philosopher

    I am disgusted. I am a democrat, unless I find something a little farther left. And I generally find a lot to support in John Kerry's ideas. However, I worry as much about the connections between big business (as in Sports) and government, as between specifically Wall Street-style big business and government. We're mainly talking here about making wealthy white men even wealthier white men. Very disgusting.

    July 6, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. MoJo

    Geez... Do some real work willya? Pass finance reform, unemployment extensions, cut tax loopholes, and actually earn your pay for once instead of sending stupid emails.

    July 6, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. Josefina Briown

    Is Kerry trying to "swift boat" the vote?

    July 6, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Terry from West Texas

    Baseball is even more boring than soccer. If you taped a baseball game and cut out the parts where the ball is not in play, it would last ten minutes. In soccer, if you cut out the plays that result in no scores, the entire game would last about two minutes.

    WIth both of those sports, it is a lot more exciting to watch the grass grow on the field. They are soap-operas for men.

    July 6, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Steve

    Nothing better to do John?????

    July 6, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Rob

    Who cares? I hate the Yankees and the Red Sox. I hope the Rays wipe them both out.

    July 6, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. JES

    I see you have your Priorities straight baseball first.

    I see you haven't changed a bit. Ecomony sinking, debt rising, spending out of control, and you are still as dumb as ever.

    July 6, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Yankees Fan

    Make that 2,999,999 supporters. I unsubscribed from his list thanks to this email.

    July 6, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. Nothing is too big to fail

    This is not news, we have serious issues in this country, like auditing the fed, we really don't have time for this

    July 6, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. Jason

    Several people are bigger Red Sox fans than John Kerry. I did not see John Kerry in the stands during the April 16th game in the rain, and 30 degrees outside. Just using that game as an example. Several of us are voting and campaigning for Youk on Facebook. Hope Youk makes it!! Go SOX!!!!

    July 6, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. Sun Stevens

    Does Sen. Kerry have any plans to pay back the taxpayers of MA for the time he WASTED penning this ridiculous rallying-cry email when he should have been doing something meaningful...like his job.

    July 6, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. bennie new york

    Kerry has little else to do, what with his energy bill roadblocked, so he might as well be endorsing Youkalis. Youk's been the heart and soul of the Sox all year and has stats that are signifigantly better than A-Rod. It would be a travesty if he didn't make the team.

    July 6, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Mark L.

    GIVE ME A BREAK....LMAO...{:o) Okay, first of all, Kevin Youkilis needs to learn how to hold a bat appropriately when he steps up to the plate to hit. Secondly, poor, poor Kevin Youkilis always appears as though he desperately needs to go to the bathroom with that dance jiggle he does everytime he steps up to the batter's box. I say NICK SWISHER – ALL THE WAY !! LET'S GO YANKEES, LET'S GO !! 27- AND SOON TO BE 28-TIME WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS !! WE NEED TO GET THE VOTE OUT FOR OUR MAN, NICK SWISHER !! I ♥ NY AND THE NYY !!

    July 6, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. all the news that's fit to omit

    Being from Beantown I agree with with Jawn (why the long face?), but he is no authority on baseball (or anything for that matter).

    Mr. Gigilo famously called one of our fearsome duo Manny Ortiz as he between sipping cognac and eating brie tried to appear smart, but the nitwit got Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz all messed up.

    Kind of like that other "regular guy", Ted the swimmer Kennedy who famously called out Sammy Sooser and Mike McGwire.

    Regular guys both of em'.

    July 6, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. A Yankee fan

    Forget about who is the 34 player to make the All-star squad, The situation in this country is in is more important. So Mr Kerry you should
    be looking to increase the job market for the unemployed. This country will only be able to move forward from this recession if The Senate and the House get the American worker back to work and be able to support their families. Also it is small businesses and the
    self employed will get this country growing. Give the means to expand and grow their business, so they can hire more people. It just like the Democrats to worry about qho is the fu-inal player taken. WE NEED JOBS AND IT UP TO THE HOLDERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA TO GET US OUT OF THIS MESS.

    July 6, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. Steve, New York City

    For someone as prim, proper and clean-shaven as John Kerry, astounding that he'd associate himself with "mountain men" like Youk (who doesn't seem to care much for smooth skin). . . .
    of course – 27!!, 27!!! not sure that Youk or his team will know such glory.

    July 6, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. dave

    there are 4 million people in the greater Boston area

    there are twice as many on one little island in NY

    the fix is pretty much always in for NY

    July 6, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |