The Senate Saves the Red Sox

Well, maybe "saves" is a bit strong. But it's nice to see that, after my post the other day imploring the Senate to introduce a stimulus bill for the ailing Red Sox, this august body has heard my call and responded. Or at least one member has. Who is this wise and noble leader? John Kerry of Massachusetts.

Kerry has not hit upon a plan to get the team's entire starting roster off the disabled list or to bolster the outfield or bullpen with a few mid-season acquisitions--though if he intends to try, might I recommend the Royals' David DeJesus? But Kerry has leaped to the aid of one Red Sox player, Kevin Youkilis, who was inexplicably denied a spot on the All Star team. (Have they turned the balloting over to Diebold?). According to Yahoo! Sports, Kerry sent out an email encouraging supporters to vote for Youkilis, who can still make the team through that last-man-on-the-island online-voting gimmick that Major League Baseball added a few years ago. Needless to say, you should immediately do so here.

As an important public service announcement, let me remind my beloved conservative readers that just because John Kerry is supporting Youkilis does not mean that you should adopt a stance of knee-jerk opposition--this isn't climate change, for heaven's sake! Very much the contrary. Curt Schilling--the future Hall of Fame Red Sox pitcher, McCain endorser, and almost (and future?) Republican Senate candidate from Massachusetts--would also support this online campaign for Youkilis. So please do your patriotic duty here. Thank you.


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Joshua Green is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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