Despite the best efforts of Red Sox Nation, Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis fell short in the 2010 AL All-Star final vote losing out to New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher.

On Friday afternoon, Youkilis thanked Red Sox Nation for its support.

Here’s Youk’s statement courtesy of Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:

I wish to say a very sincere “Thank you” to all who voted for me, and put forth such a valiant effort in trying to win for me the Final Vote for the 2010 All-Star Game.

I truly appreciate all the support you all have given me throughout my career, and continue to provide. It means the world to me to have received so many votes, and I would like you fans to know I am humbled, and most appreciative.

Keep rooting on the Sox! We hope to have a strong second half to push us into the playoffs once again. My deepest thanks to all of you, to the Boston Red Sox, and to Red Sox Nation.

Sincerely, Kevin Youkilis