Tuesday, July 12, 2011

One pitch completes Cuddyer's All-Star Game

This could likely be the only All-Star Game that Michael Cuddyer will ever get to play in and his only at-bat in the game was gone in the blink of an eye. Cuddyer came up in the ninth inning with the AL trailing 5-1. There were runners on second and third after some wild throws allowed the runners to advance with one out in the inning.

The National League turned the ball over to Brian Wilson to face-off against Cuddyer and to lock down the win for the NL. These two players had squared off one other time during their careers and that happened earlier this year in San Francisco. In that one plate appearance, Cuddyer laced a double that knocked in a run for the Twins. This time Cuddyer was not so lucky. He swung at a first pitch fastball from Wilson and got under the ball to pop it up to the right fielder.

Cuddyer had brought all of his gloves to the game so the coach could insert him anywhere on the field. Twins fans were left to wonder what position Cuddyer would get to play in the game. Earlier in the day, I made the prediction that he could get to play multiple positions and that would have been cool to see. That did not happen as he entered in the bottom of the seventh and played first base for his entire time in the game.

I am sure that it was a great experience for Cuddyer and his family. Twins fans were happy to see him get the honor and he represented the team well during the festivities.

Now it's time to regroup for the second half.

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