Sure, Miami Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee wanted to make the National League All-Star team. What big leaguer doesn’t want that validation from fans and peers?
But he’s not completely bummed by the snub because of his plans during the break.
"I’m going to go back to my house in Tennessee that I’ve never actually seen my yard with green grass," McGehee said. "I’ve never been home for the All-Star break before. It would be a nice way to relax and spend some time home. Do some fishing."
McGehee might even watch a familiar face when he’s back in Jackson. Right-handed reliever A.J. Ramos, currently on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, will play games with Double-A Jacksonville in Tennessee.
"I keep telling Ramos I’m going to show up on his rehab assignment and heckle him," McGehee said. "I’m not sure if I will. It would be hilarious to just show up."
While right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, right-hander Henderson Alvarez and manager Mike Redmond participate in Midsummer Classic festivities at Target Field in Minneapolis, some Marlins will enjoy what South Florida has to offer.
First baseman Garrett Jones, who signed over the offseason, plans on relishing Miami living. Father-son activities will likely include building sandcastles.
"We’re in Miami with a lot of beaches, nice spots to go to," Jones said. "Just hang out here, relax and take advantage of the offdays, spend time with the family — my wife and son. Recharge the batteries and get ready for the second half."
Since joining the organization, downtime has been few and far between. After moving and getting settled this winter, spring training began in late February. March consisted of Grapefruit League action before the start of the season on the final day of the month.
Although Jones lives on the beach, the grind of a 162-game schedule leaves little energy for anything other than playing. Traveling from city to city can be taxing and requires recovery on offdays.
"It’s tough because you come home after a game or long roadtrip and you want to rest but at the same time spend time with your wife and son," Jones said. "They’re very understanding when it comes to you needing your rest but at the same time you want to be a good day and spend time with your son and spend time with them. It’s nice to get that break and be able to all day play and spend time with them."
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be doing the same with his wife and two girls.
Saltalamacchia, who lives in Palm Beach County, doesn’t mind if it rains every day so long as the family gets to see each other. When the break ends, the Marlins host the San Francisco Giants for three games before heading on the road.
"We’re just going to spend time together," Saltalamacchia said. "Nothing spectacular just the same thing we do every year. It’s going to be nice, especially being able to start the second half at home so we don’t have to travel too far to stay here or whatever we do."
Left fielder Christian Yelich doesn’t know what will be on his agenda.
With the Marlins closing out the first half in New York on Sunday and starting back up on Friday, it would be tough to travel nearly 3,000 miles to visit family and friends in the Golden State.
"Winging it. Just hanging out," Yelich said. "Probably just hang around here. Nothing crazy. It’s too far to go back to California."
Others, like left-handed reliever Mike Dunn and closer Steve Cishek, will be moving into new homes.
Dunn has to fly out to Las Vegas where he hopes to barbecue with family and friends. Cishek, meanwhile, will make a short drive to Jupiter, Fla. He and his wife are expecting their first child in October.
Much of the moving will be dissembling his man cave and preparing for the baby. Even if the weather permits, there likely won’t be time for a round or two of golf.
"I doubt it," Cishek said. "I have to move a lot of stuff."
Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, whose wife gave birth to their first child in June, will travel to Houston to spend time with both sides of the family.
The opportunity will be much appreciated and long awaited. He has only been able to return once since the birth.
"That’s all I’m going to be doing is going home for the All-Star break," Eovaldi said.
"I went back on the offday we just had. That’s the only other time I’ve been able to go home. It’s going to be nice being home for the three days."