Quotes about the All-Star rosters
Quotes from around the majors about the AL and NL rosters
announced Sunday for the All-Star game July 12 in Phoenix:
”It would have been a great honor to start, but they got it
right and hopefully one of these years I am starting. … The guy’s
leading the league in hitting, he can play great defense, he does
so much for a team. We’re different players. We both the same
position but I’m a guy that has some power and drives in runs, he’s
a guy that gets on base and scores runs. Very exciting player.” –
Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, overtaken by Jose Reyes of the
Mets in the last week of fan voting.
”My dad usually can’t shut up, but when I called him he had
just seen it on TV and he was speechless. He couldn’t say anything.
It was nice to see him react that way. My mom and dad and brother
and sister are all going to make the trip.” – Kansas City reliever
Aaron Crow, one of 24 first-timers picked.
”I thought we’d have a few more guys, yeah. I also know how it
works. It’s not a fair process. The process you do, I’ve been
through it. I would never criticize. … The rules they have,
there’s good reasons, I understand them. But if you’re going to
abide by those rules, guys are going to get left off. You just have
to know that going in.” – Boston manager Terry Francona.
”It would be very nice to get in the game. Last time I went in
’09 and didn’t get to play, it’s kind of an empty feeling a little
bit.” – Houston outfielder Hunter Pence.
”It will be new for me. You always want to shoot to start the
game and now I’ll finally have the chance to do that.” – Atlanta
catcher Brian McCann, the All-Star game MVP last year. This will be
his sixth All-Star appearance and first start.
”It will be huge simply because Michael can handle every
position on the infield, so that gives me versatility right there
and that’s exactly what he’s done for the Texas Rangers so far this
year. He’s handled many positions and it hasn’t affected the style
of play Michael goes out there and plays with.” – AL manager Ron
Washington of Texas on reserve Michael Young of the Rangers.
”I know he’s going to try to pick a bomb squad, you know what
I’m saying?” – Boston DH David Ortiz, captain of the AL Home Run
Derby team, on NL Derby captain Prince Fielder.
”Around last week my wife said we need to know if we should buy
tickets. They’re the ones that prepare everything and do
everything. I told her I didn’t know. She’s like, ‘Well, it seems
like you’re going because you have a lot of votes.”’ – NL starting
third baseman Placido Polanco of Phillies.
”It wasn’t even on my mind. I was actually planning what I was
going to do on the off-days. Probably was going to stay in a condo
on the beach that my buddy has. Maybe go out on the water in a
boat. Just relax.” – Tampa Bay outfielder Matt Joyce.
”The three guys that are starting are guys that should be
starting at their position. A lot of times – and I know the fans
are a huge part of what we do – but sometimes the fans vote for who
they like and the superstar that’s been there before and may not
even be having a good year. It’s nice to see our guys voted in and
those are the top three guys at their positions. That’s really
cool.” – Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke on the election of Brewers
outfielder Ryan Braun, first baseman Prince Fielder and second
baseman Rickie Weeks.
”I’m happy they made the team but I don’t particularly want all
three of them pitching.” – Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel
after aces Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels were picked for
the NL side.
”I’ve only made one other All-Star team in my career, and that
was in high A, and it was in my backyard. The game was at the
Clearwater Threshers stadium, but I didn’t get to play in the game.
They sent me down to low A to pitch a playoff clinching game that I
lost. It was a very weird dynamic that I was kind of bitter about
at the time. So this is the second All-Star team that I’ve made,
and obviously it’s the big leagues, so it’s a lot cooler.” –
Washington reliever Tyler Clippard.
”I think maybe a little strong. A little bit melodramatic. But
at the same time, it is satisfying to be able to bounce back from
the tough year last year and return to a level that I’d like to be
at.” – St. Louis outfielder Lance Berkman, on whether he feels
vindicated coming off a down season.
”Vote often, and vote a lot. I want to get there. I want to
play in the All-Star game.” – Washington outfielder Michael Morse,
one of five candidates in fan voting for the final NL roster