Monday, July 16, 2007
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
A LL-STAR GAME to the part of the yard known to
ALL-STA GA E all as "Triples Alley." But the swift
From page 11 Mariner hit third, and showed no
sign of slowing, scoring well ahead
field slowly to thunderous cheers, of the futile throw.
tossing baseballs to the adoring No matter how many times Bud
crowd. Selig says "This one counts," it's
Then came the game, which not up to him. He can't force it to
was highlighted by Ichiro Suzuki's be true.
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to 24 Willie Mays Plaza expected co, as the fans exulted in an inar-
a triple - after all, he'd hit the ball guably superior game, it was.
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unequivocally positive. Already in
the Bay Area for a first half-ending
series with the Oakland A's, Putz
didn't even have to switch hotels for
the All-Star festivities. Then came
days of getting to know the game's
greatest players on a personal level
- "I think Big Papi (Boston's David
Ortiz) thinks everybody's his best
friend, because he hugs everybody"
- and taking his family onto the
field before the Home Run Derby,
cruising down the red-carpeted
Embarcadero in the pregame
parade and being introduced as one
of the standout players in baseball.
Once it began, the All-Star Game
was much like any other game for
the former Wolverine. He had the
usual butterflies in his stomach
before he came in to pitch, and
along with his teammates, he badly
wanted a victory.
"You could see that all the guys
really wanted to win that game,
because there are a lot of guys from
teams that have a chance," Putz
said. "Our manager (Detroit's Jim
Leyland) even said, 'Some of you in
this room are goingto be playing in
the World Series. And this game is
going to decide who gets home field
advantage.' So the guys were taking
it pretty seriously."
One of the highlights for Putz
came as he sat on the bench - next
to Tigers legend and honorary
coach Al Kaline.
Putz, a Trenton native grew up
as a Tigers fan and continues to root
for his childhood team (unless, as
duringthis past weekend, his Mari-
ners are Detroit's opponent).
"Just hearing all those stories
about the guy and then being able to
sit on the bench and talk with him
during the game was pretty unbe-
lievable," Putz said. "We just talked
about Detroit, growing up in the
downriver area, things like that."
He added: "I love the Red Wings,
the Pistons, the Lions. I'm still a big
Detroit sports fan."
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