When I was a kid, I loved the All Star Game. Seeing the greats of the game line up on the chalk as they were announced in some far off National League city was so exotic and wonderful.
This was before Interleague, so this was truly the only time I got to see a lot of the stars of the National League. I got to see Ozzie Smith and Ryne Sandberg. I got to see why Will Clark was called “The Thrill,” and why Dennis Martinez was “El Presidente.” For one game, I could be a fan of every team in baseball.
Of course, then I grew up and became a cynic and now hate that there’s a three game break in the middle of the season without “real” baseball being played.
This morning, however, I woke up to the news that among three other Texas Rangers, Neftali Feliz and Elvis Andrus are going to be in the All Star Game. This is exciting because these two players, perhaps above all others, are the fruits of the Ranger’s recent patience and development.
America needs to know about Neftali Feliz and Elvis Andrus as soon as possible. And now, that’s going to start. Some kid is going to watch the 2010 All Star game and become enamored. He’s going to become a fan for life.
P.S. Don’t forget your Rangers of the Old Guard. Vote in Michael Young here: VOTE IN MICHAEL YOUNG!