Two former La Crosse Loggers to start MLB All-Star Game

American League pitcher Chris Sale, of the Boston Red Sox, left, poses with National League pitcher Max Scherzer, of the Washington Nationals after the All-Star starting pitchers were introduced at a press conference on Monday.
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The All-Star Game in Miami would look a lot different on Tuesday night if not for the La Crosse Loggers of the Northwoods League.

That’s because the two starting pitchers — Max Scherzer of the National League and the American League’s Chris Sale — both toed the rubber for the Loggers early in their careers.

Sale and Scherzer both remember their summers in La Crosse, Wis., fondly.

“That was one of the funnest experiences of my life, honestly,” Sale said in an interview with the Northwoods League in 2013.

Sale pitched for La Crosse in 2008, fanning 74 hitters in 53 innings and recorded a 3.23 earned-run average.

Scherzer appeared in 17 games for the Loggers in 2004. He racked up 50 strikeouts in 33 innings with a 2-1 record and 1.91 ERA.

They both went on to be first-round picks two years after playing for the Loggers.

“[The Northwoods League] gives you a taste of professional baseball,” Scherzer said in the interview. “Plus, it gives you those extra games. It gives the opportunity to continue to get better. That’s what everybody in college is looking to do.”

Watch the full interview below, which includes a hilarious story of Sale busting a move on top of the dugout during a Northwoods rain delay.