In his final game before the last all-star roster spot is decided, Nick Swisher made a compelling case. He went 3-for-4 — his third multi-hit game since being named to the final ballot — and fell a triple short of the cycle.
“I’ve got my kids voting,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I want to see Swish there. I think he deserves to be there. He’s meant so much to this team. I want to see him there.”
Swisher has won celebrity endorsements on Twitter, and general manager Brian Cashman will be voting with another Boys and Girls Club this afternoon.
“I feel like I’m a politician or something,” Swisher said. “It’s fun to be part of. I’ve never come this close to being in an all-star game, so I’m enjoying the moment.”
Indications are that the final American League spot will come down to Swisher and Boston first baseman Kevin Youkilis. Yankees vs. Red Sox, as if it could be any other way.
“I’ve never been in the conversation of an all-star game,” Swisher said. “To get to this point in my career, obviously I want to go. L.A. It’s nice weather, and I’m going to be there anyway. It would be a thrill for me, no doubt, to have my father there. He has his all-star ring, and he flashes that around sometimes to me. I got a World Series ring on him, and I’d like to get my first all-star ring.”
Here’s the link to vote for the final roster spot. Voting wraps up at 4 p.m. ET, so you have a few more hours.
Associated Press photo of Swisher