Big Papi exits early in midsummer finale
San Diego — Big Papi had an appropriate throne for his All-Star finale.
Slugger David Ortiz got the prime locker in the Padres clubhouse for the midseason classic. The designated hitter was set up in Matt Kemp’s locker, which comes with a big recliner.
Ortiz was mobbed by media and fans on the Petco Park field when he stepped out for batting practice. He also brought out the American League lineup card.
Tuesday’s midsummer classic marked the Red Sox slugger’s 10th All-Star Game.
If he was hoping for a big moment in his final All-Star Game, he didn’t get it.
Ortiz, who has announced he’ll retire at season’s end, walked against Miami’s Jose Fernandez in the third inning and was lifted for pinch-runner Edwin Encarnacion.
Fernandez had said Monday he would groove a pitch for Ortiz. While he threw a few fastballs in the 90s, the slugger didn’t connect.
After drawing ball four, Ortiz playfully had words with Fernandez.
A few moments after Ortiz reached first, manager Ned Yost sent in Encarnacion.
Ortiz left to warm applause as he hugged his teammates.
“It never gets old,” Ortiz said. “It’s always interesting. You always want to be part of it.
“The All-Star Game is the All-Star Game.”
Cabrera gets in
The lone Tigers All-Star, Miguel Cabrera, entered the game in the top of the seventh inning, replacing Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer. Cabrera struck out in his only at-bat.
Mike Trout keeps on knocking down milestones at All-Star games.
The Angels star singled in the first inning, improving to 6-for-11 with two walks in his 13 All-Star plate appearances.
Trout, the 2014 AL MVP, also won the MVP award at the last two All-Star games.
The single gave him a five-game hitting streak in All-Star play. Mickey Mantle, Joe Morgan and Dave Winfield had seven-game streaks, and Stan Musial, Willie Mays and Nellie Fox hit in six apiece.
According to Angels officials, Trout is the first AL player to get a hit in each of his first five All-Star Games, joining NL stars Joe Morgan, Mays, Steve Garvey, Carlos Beltran and David Wright.
Ortiz’s jersey is the most popular this season, judging by sales on MLBShop.com between Jan. 1 and the All-Star Game.
Ortiz, 40, plans to retire at the end of the season and is a 10-time All-Star. He also topped the sales list during the 2013-14 offseason, after winning his third World Series title with the Red Sox.
Kris Bryant is second, followed by Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Angels center fielder Mike Trout, Giants catcher Buster Posey, Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper, and Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard.
Wrigleyville at Petco
The Cubs weren’t just there to take part. They were there to take over — one side of the visiting clubhouse at Petco Park.
The seven Cubs All-Stars occupied all but one locker on one clubhouse wall.
In order from the door, the Cubs had Addison Russell, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, Ben Zobrist, and Dexter Fowler. Braves right-hander Julio Teheran was crammed into the far corner, the only other player with a locker on that row.
“It’s our whole row here,” said Bryant, who homered in the first inning. “To see our jerseys hanging here like this, it’s special. It says a lot about our fansWe’ve seen so much more excitement around our team early on this year. That’s huge for us to go out there under those situations.”Gavel goldA bat used by Jackie Robinson in 1953 and a jersey worn by Sandy Koufax in 1966 were among the top six items sold during an auction at FanFest.Robinson’s bat sold for $103,500. The Koufax jersey went for $184,000.Joe Wood Red Sox world championship medallion, sold for $86,250; a ball signed in 1919 by Babe Ruth, sold for $63,250; and two Tony Gwynn national championship rings sold together for $112,125.
Gray day for NL
The NL team was introduced first in its visitors’ gray uniforms.
The host league was the visiting team for the first time in the game’s history because the game, which determines home-field advantage in the World Series, was played in an NL park for the second of four consecutive years.
They couldn’t play an All-Star Game in San Diego without a nice tribute to Tony Gwynn.
Gwynn, known as Mr. Padre, died of salivary gland cancer June 16, 2014, at age 54.
After a video tribute showing some of Gwynn’s many highlights, his widow, Alicia, and their adult children, Anisha and Tony Jr., and their spouses, came out to join Hall of Famer Rod Carew as the crowd chanted “Tony! Tony! Tony!”