As the 4 p.m. ET conclusion to the Final Vote competition neared, the Yankees asked fans to help "Send Swish" to the All-Star Game next week in Anaheim by embarking on "Mission 33."
The Yanks requested that fans vote at least 33 times today at 3:30 p.m. to help give outfielder Nick Swisher, who wears uniform No. 33, a final push in the last leg of the race. A late surge could be vital as Swisher stood neck-and-neck with Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis -- slightly ahead but essentially locked in a virtual tie -- at the most recent voting update on Thursday, setting up what appears will be a tight finish.
"It's crazy, man; I feel like I'm a politician or something," Swisher said. "It's fun to be part of. I've never even come this close to being in an All-Star Game, so I'm enjoying the moment."
Voting for the final spot on the American and National League All-Star teams ends at 4 p.m. and the winners will be revealed at 6 p.m. on MLB.com and MLB Network. Fans can vote an unlimited number of times.
Swisher has turned to his Twitter account for help, enlisting the support of notable names like New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Jessica Alba, Baron Davis and Ivanka Trump. He's also had help in the Yankees clubhouse.
"We're still voting. I've got my kids voting. We've got everybody 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."
Swisher is hoping to make his first All-Star team, knowing that his father, Steve, did the same in 1976 with the Cubs. Swisher said that if he is in the All-Star Game, his father will have a prime spot to watch the game from the seating area at Angel Stadium.
"It would be a thrill to have my father there," Swisher said. "He has his All-Star ring and he flashes that around every now and then to me. I have a World Series ring on him, and I'd like to get my first All-Star appearance."
The Yankees also added an extra incentive for voters to "Send Swish," as all Swisher voters will be automatically entered to win tickets to an upcoming Yankees contest and a baseball signed by Swisher himself.
Bailey Stephens is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.