Via the Royals on Twitter
Aaron Crow being interviewed during BP by the guys from MLB Network
Well, there isn’t a whole lot to be recapped considering the KC Royals had just one representative for the MLB All-Star Game. That one man was rookie reliever Aaron Crow. Crow was one of 18 players on the American League squad that attended their first ever MLB All-Star Game (a total of 34 first-timers). Check out the MLB.com article on Crow from media day, along with video. I didn’t see Crow on the red carpet show, as the All-Stars arrived via the Chevy trucks. You can also check out video of Crow’s interview after BP on Monday night.
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander may have gained some Royals fans after his good deed on Sunday. Verlander had a private plane to take him and some of his Tigers teammates to Phoenix for the All-Star Game following Sunday afternoon’s game in KC. Verlander offered a ride to the first-time All-Star Crow, which he gladly accepted. Verlander told Adam Holt of MLB.com:
“Tides turn and I’m able to take care of some guys now, so I figured it would be a great opportunity to do it,” Verlander said. “I’ve never forgotten those times — the first time being on a private plane going to the All-Star Game is an experience. Just to make some guys happy is something nice to be able to do.”
Yes I took a pic of Crow from my TV
American League manager Ron Washington answered a question at media day on Monday about why he chose Crow over outfielder Alex Gordon. Washington said that the fans and players had already selected the outfielders for the game and when he came to selecting the lone Royals representative, he needed pitching. He did however believe Gordon deserved a shot at being named to the All-Star team and that is why he chose him as one of the five players in the Final Vote. Washington did talk about the use of middle relievers, but he only mentioned the use of NY Yankees reliever David Robertson.
MLB wanted to completely delve into the social media world withÂ players being encouraged to tweet during the HR Derby on Monday night. They even set up tables for the players to sit at computers during the Derby to tweet. Well, Twitter crashed during the HR Derby, which may have led to some nonexistent tweeting (Texas Rangers pitcher CJ Wilson said he was having reception problems inside Chase Field). I was disappointed that Crow didn’t join in the tweeting, being it was his first time at the All-Star Game. I would have liked to hear his perspective of everything, from media day to BP to the HR Derby. It would have been nice considering the Royals have a few big league players on Twitter, but they don’t actually tweet. The only time they’ve tweeted recently was to encourage fans to vote for Gordon.
via MLB Network
For me, my favorite moments of the All-Star game festivities are the red carpet show (because you get to see the players and their families parade around the host city) and the introductions of all the players (because this could be the only time to see your favorite players if he doesn’t play). I also like the Future’s Game, but I covered that earlier. My favorite red carpet moment was back in 2009 in St. Louis when Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez paraded around with his family. His little boys looked just like him (adorable), complete with spiked black hair.
So on to the game. You saw in one of the above pictures, Crow waving to the Phoenix crowd (via a TV shot). That was all that we would see of Crow as he was not called on to pitch for the AL (I’m highly disappointed). The National League took the win as Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder hit a three-run homerun off the Texas Rangers CJ Wilson in the bottomÂ of the 4th inning (after Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo homerun off Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee in the top of the inning).
*My favorite moment of Monday’s MLB All-Star BP session was when Harold Reynolds of MLB Network began his interview with Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen. Now Rolen was selected by NL manager Bruce Bochy since both selected third baseman, Placido Polanco and Chipper Jones, pulled out due to injury. Then former big leaguer, and Intentional Talk host, Kevin Millar jumped in and the interview got crazy. People don’t realize how funny (and a dry type of funny) Rolen is.
Millar got on him about not letting him know that he was going to the All-Star Game. “I’m hitting .241…five homeruns at the break…I got hit by a pitch to drive in my only run in Milwaukee.” Rolen said. By looking at him, you could tell how sarcastic he was being. Then he came back with, “I got hot. I went 0-for-3 instead of 0-for-5 to keep my average above .240.” Then Rolen started getting on Millar. “Why do you have makeup on…and highlights. You’re 40. You have four kids.” Millar didn’t have a good comeback.
MLB Network made sure to say that Rolen and Millar are indeed friends.