Earlier today, I recievedÂ an email from JohnKerry.com. Here are some highlights.
Hope you had a terrific Fourth of July — and I hope you’ll afford me what the Senate calls a “point of personal privilege.” All 3 million of you in the johnkerry.com community have done incredible work these last seven years on some of the biggest fights of our lives. This isn’t one of them. But it’s not small potatoes either if you’re a Red Sox fan. (If you’re a Yankees fan, read no further.)
Here is my first complaint. My name is not Gerald. Somehow, many years ago, I ended up on the Democratic National Committee’s database, except they decided my name is Gerald. Now, twice a week, I recieve emails from various democrats across the country and they are always addressed to Gerald.
Now,Â I am a Yankees fan andÂ I’m not supposed to read further. I did anyway.
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. 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 Anaheimn next week.
OK, I will let go the fact that a sitting US Senator is using his campaign warchest to stump for a member of his favorite team. But, why is Trot Nixon his example ofÂ hard-nosedÂ gutty players? That’s weird. Also, YOU SPELLED ANAHEIM WRONG!
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.
Are we allowed to say Swisher is beating Youkilis because the Red Sox are in third place and the Yankees have the best record in baseball?
But, I commend John Kerry for doing this. I think it’s fun and whimsical and makes him seem like something of a regular guy. The question is, where are New York Senator’s Chuck Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand to defend Nick Swisher’s honor?