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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

MLB All-Star Game: What we heard from the Cubs and White Sox, including Wilson Contreras’ ‘experience we’ll never forget’

Wilson and William Contreras sit at the booths at Dodger Stadium’s Center Field Plaza on Monday afternoon, answering questions from reporters.

The brothers will bat back to back in the All Star Game on Tuesday.

Chicago Cubs catcher Wilson is sixth in the National League lineup. William of the Atlanta Braves is seventh as the designated hitter.

“It’s a one in a lifetime,” said Wilson on All-Star Workout Day. “It’s an experience we’ll never forget. It’s wonderful for me and my family. Really proud of what we’ve done together.

“And hopefully we can keep it going. Hope it’s not the only one. Hopefully we get to spend more All-Star Games together.”

William didn’t know how the lineup stacked up until a reporter asked him about it.

“That was something we were talking about at dinner (Sunday night),” William said through an interpreter. “It’s really something of a joy for us to share.”

It is the first time since Roberto and Sandy Alomar Jr. in 1992 that the brothers would start an All-Star Game together.

Cubs teammate Ian Happ, a first-time All-Star-turned-All-Star, predicted “a lot of tears.”

“It’s going to be great for them,” Happ said. “Just seeing them able to say hello to each other in the clubhouse. What a really special moment for the two of them to be able to wear the same All-Star jersey and share that field. ,

At the end of Monday’s media session, William went to his older brother’s booth and the two took questions.

“We saw each other last night and we hugged each other and said, ‘We finally did this,'” Wilson said. “It was a dream come true. I’m really proud of my brother because I’ve shared so many experiences with him and he’s adjusting at the right time. That’s why I think he deserves to be in the All-Star Game.” deserves.”

Tim Anderson is ‘enjoying the moment’ of his first All-Star debut.

The White Sox shortstop doesn’t have a particular National League pitcher he wants to face.

“Never mind,” said Anderson, laughing. “I just want to go to the box.”

Voted the American League’s starting shortstop, Anderson is the No. 7 batsman in the AL lineup. This is his second All-Star Game and first start. He was on deck when the ninth inning ended last year in Denver. This year he is in line for at least one plate appearance.

“It means a lot,” Anderson said of being the starter. “It hasn’t happened in more than 50 years in White Sox history (Luis Aparicio in 1970), so it’s definitely a blessing. It’s definitely a dream come true.”

“I never imagined being a starter or being in the All-Star Game. I will always be grateful.”

Anderson appreciated the support of the fans.

“The class is deep,” Anderson said. “Shortstop is a hot situation and it’s crazy for me to be able to start. I’m just having fun and enjoying the moment.”

While the Sox didn’t live up to expectations in the first half, they won five of their last six before the All-Star break. This included a three out of four take against the first place Minnesota Twins within three games in the AL Central standings.

“It was certainly huge to finish like this against a good ball club,” Anderson said. “You saw what they did to us when they came in our place (the twins won two of the three July 4-6). Hopefully we continue to play like this and hopefully get back into this thing.

Wilson Contreras and Ian Happ talk about the future.

During All-Star Monday at Coors Field last year, Kris Bryant answered questions about his future with the Cubs.

This year’s Cubs representatives, Contreras and Hap, asked similar questions on Monday.

Contreras, an impending free agent, was asked if it had gone to his mind that his third All-Star appearance could be his last as the Cubs.

“It’s not that I haven’t thought about it,” he said. “But this is my third time as a Cubs player and I am really proud and grateful because the Chicago Cubs were the first team that saw me in Venezuela. They were the first team that gave me the opportunity to be a pro baseball player and I I will always be grateful, no matter what happens.

“No matter the future, whatever the outcome, I feel like Chicago will always be my home, even if I play in a different city.”

Hap is a free agent after the 2023 season.

“The connection I have to Chicago, the city, the organization, I wear this jersey every day,” he said. “Wrigley Field is a place you go to work and it’s very special.”

Asked what he learned from watching former teammates go through uncertainty, Happ said: “What I took away from it was that it was as hard as losing friends, those guys still playing baseball and really doing well in.

“Jock (Pederson) is an All-Star. (Anthony Rizzo) has (22) homers before the break. Chris is happy where he is, Xavi (Beige) is happy where he is. Guys it’s finally okay and baseball playing and still having a good time.”

As far as the present is concerned, Hap is having a great time sharing the All-Star experience with his family.

“You can’t put into words how wonderful it is to share with the family and with the people who have gone through everything,” he said. “They’ve been through great moments, all the journeys and all kinds of struggles when I played as a kid. So it’s really special to enjoy it together.”

Liam Hendrix is ​​grateful for ‘stressful’ 24 hours.

The Sox learned at a close Sunday morning that they had been added to the AL All-Star roster. A lot of plans were quickly followed.

Hendrix said, “Trying to figure out the flights, to figure out the flights of my parents, trying to find the ones who sitter the dogs and someone to take care of the cats.” “My wife, who was in Chicago at the time, was leaving. Her flight was delayed, so she booked another flight to make sure she arrived on time.

“Plus, it’s been fun,” he said with a laugh.

Hendrix was not in need of relief on Sunday, as the Sox beat the Twins 11-0 at target field.

“So I didn’t have to worry about tension and pitching,” he said.

Hendrix said all the last-minute planning was worth it.

“Without a doubt,” he said. “You go through the stress level of that, it’s always an honor to be out here and experience it. Whether it’s the first day (named on the roster) or the last, coming here and back-to-back years It is always an honor to represent the White Sox in the U.S.


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