Votto, Swisher can thank fans for nods
Posted: Friday, July 9, 2010 6:44 pm
By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) — After this successful campaign, maybe New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher should consider a future in politics.
Swisher and Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto were chosen by fans on Thursday for the final two roster spots in Tuesday’s All-Star game at Anaheim, Calif.
Swisher edged Boston first baseman Kevin Youkilis for the final AL spot. He was also competing against Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, Texas third baseman Michael Young and Minnesota outfielder Delmon Young.
Swisher received 9.8 million votes during the four days of Internet balloting and is the eighth Yankees player selected.
“It’s so crazy. I felt like a politician the last four days. You’re up in the polls; you’re down in the polls. Man, this is taxing,” Swisher said. “I’m glad this is over. I couldn’t be any more excited.”
Thanks to his Twitter account and his nearly 1.3 million followers, Swisher spent the final few days of the vote campaigning for support.
When baseball announced Thursday morning that Swisher and Youkilis were nearly tied, Swisher tweeted a final plea for support.
After getting word he won, Swisher tweeted “THANK YOU!!!”
“When I finally got the news it was great. All my teammates were excited that it happened. That’s the greatest thing,” Swisher said. “Especially coming on a fan vote like that, it shows how important our fans are. Then again, they’re the reason we are who we are.”
Swisher entered Thursday night’s series opener in Seattle with a .298 average to go along with 14 homers, 48 RBI and 52 runs.
Votto earned the 34th and final spot on the National League roster by beating out Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and Atlanta closer Billy Wagner.
Padres reliever Heath Bell was a candidate before being chosen as an injury replacement on the NL squad.
Published in The Messenger 7.9.10