It was a hectic three days at Citi Field for the Futures Game, Home Run Derby and the All-Star game. Here’s a summary of the coverage in the Times Herald-Record.
One story of local interest was Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan, who grew up in Circleville and played for Pine Bush. Check out the video above for his comments during Monday’s media availability.
Nathan stole some of the limelight in Tuesday’s All-Star game when American League manager Jim Leyland opted to pitch Mariano Rivera in the eighth inning. Nathan came on for the save in the ninth. Check out the stories Justin Rodriguez and Kevin Gleason wrote on Nathan after the game here.
Gleason also caught up with some of Nathan’s hometown buddies, who were at Citi Field for the game.
Here’s Nathan’s take on making it home for an All-Star game at age 38.
As for the game itself, there was plenty of drama just two pitches in. Matt Harvey of the Mets plunked Robinson Cano of the Yankees on his right leg. Cano left the game after Miguel Cabrera’s strikeout. It doesn’t appear to be a serious injury for Cano, who expects to play Friday in Boston.
Justin Rodriguez polled four All-Stars – Carlos Gonzalez, Clay Buchholz, Adam Jones and Buster Posey – on a variety of topics. You’re definitely going to want to check out Jones’ response here.
I caught up with Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro about what home run advantage in the World Series meant to him with his team virtually out of playoff contention. Castro and Torii Hunter of the Tigers both enjoy the competitive nature of the All-Star game with what’s at stake.
While I was in the AL clubhouse, I discovered that Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera, they of the never-ending MVP debate last year, had lockers just a few feet away from each other. There’s a deep mutual respect between the players.
On Monday, many players were talking about their respect for Mariano Rivera, even Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, who’s 0-for-6 with “10 broken bats” against the Yankees’ closer.
Matt Harvey of the Mets was also the buzz on Monday, as he had just been named the NL’s starting pitcher. Like Rivera, his reputation with other players is sterling.
Carlos Gomez, once a top Mets prospect, is having a breakout season with the Brewers. Once traded for Johan Santana and later for J.J. Hardy, Gomez has finally become an All-Star himself.
The Erickson family of Pine Bush made the trek to Citi Field for Monday’s Home Run Derby. Kevin Gleason has their story here.
Sunday’s Futures Game gave fans a glimpse of what’s to come on the Major League level and it also featured former Hudson Valley Renegades pitcher Enny Romero.
Like Joe Nathan did two days later, Mahopac’s C.J. Riefenhauser had a homecoming of sorts at the Futures Game. He’s currently pitching out of the bullpen at Triple-A Durham in the Tampa Bay Rays’ system.
In other baseball news today, Alex Rodriguez announced that his rehab will shift to Triple-A Scranton on Thursday. The Railriders are home against Louisville all four days. It’s a pretty quick ride on I-84 West if you had a mind to go.
Be sure to check out the Times Herald-Record for plenty more baseball coverage on Thursday and Friday as we roll out mid-season report cards for the Yankees and Mets.