OAKLAND -- Nick Swisher is hoping that the Twitter app on his mobile phone can help unlock his entry into the July 13 All-Star Game at Angel Stadium.
After an e-mail endorsement from Massachusetts senator John Kerry helped Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis jump into the lead for the American League's Final Vote campaign, Swisher started plugging away on his own, asking some famous New Yorkers for their help.
So consider this an open invitation: if Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Donald Trump, Regis Philbin, Sean Combs, Jennifer Lopez or (if Knicks fans have their way) LeBron James -- among others -- want to help "Send Swish" to Anaheim, the Yankees outfielder is more than ready to add to his brigade.
"It's fun," Swisher said. "All the stuff that I've had before is really paying off for us now. John Kerry sent something out, so we need some New York people to step up. If he's going to do that, we've got to get our guys, too, because we've got some pretty powerful people."
It's not only Youkilis whom Swisher has to worry about. As of Tuesday, Michael Young of the Rangers, Paul Konerko of the White Sox and Delmon Young of the Twins each were north of 1 million votes and well positioned to make a run at the top spot.
As Swisher looks for what would be his first All-Star selection, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is also pledging to lend a hand. Cashman will team up with children at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx on Wednesday, helping make a voting push for Swisher.
"I'm just trying to have fun with it, you know?" Swisher said. "I'm not worried about that stuff. It's up to the fans. I think it'd be an honor. Like I've always said before, I think it would be great. I'd love to represent my team and do it with the rest of the guys. I think it'd be a great honor."