All-Star morning after: A good time was had by all 3 Rays
A good time was had by all three Rays on the American League All-Star squad in the 2-1 10-inning win.
DH Corey Dickerson, who started, went 0-for-2 but still relished his first All-Star appearance.
RHP Chris Archer, who as the game went into extras was two innings from what was supposed to be an unlikely appearance.
And manager Kevin Cash, who had a busy night keeping track of the moves as the bench coach for AL manager Brad Mills.
Dickerson, elected a starter by the fans, said it was an interesting experience.
"It was exciting,'' he said. "Very, very quick, rushed. But it was awesome, it was fun. It was cool to see the packed house to knowing all my family was here to watch and support me. To run out and see all the names of these guys that are out here was pretty special.''
Dickerson said he planned to be aggressive in his at-bats, knowing the pitchers would be going all out since they were working one or at most two innings.
Facing Philadelphia's Pat Neshek in the second, Dickerson said he was looking for fastballs and sliders and got caught off-guard by the 65-mph changeup he called an eephus pitch. "I was able to stay on it and hit it on the sweet spot but just popped it up,'' he said. "It was too slow, I didn't get anything behind it.''
In his second at-bat, he battled Cardinals flame-thrower Carlos Martinez, spoiling 99 and 100 mph pitches but then swinging through an 88 mph slider.
Dickerson said the game sped up on him a little bit, and that all the pre-game "madness" was a bit more than he expected.
In addition to all the souvenirs and memorabilia he'll take home, most prized was the photo he took on the field after the game with his wife, 2-year-old son Davis and 10 other relatives who came in from their native Mississippi.
"(Davis) loved it,'' Dickerson said. "He wanted to ride in the MVP car (that Robinson Cano got), but I told him I didn't win it for him.''
Archer insisted he was available for duty, but he was unlikely to be used since he threw 108 pitches on Sunday. He was slated to work the 12th, and said as the game advanced into the 10th he started to move around in the bullpen, planning his warmup routine.
"I was ready to go if the phone rang,'' he said. "
Even as a spectator, Archer said he enjoyed the experience.
"It was awesome,'' he said. "A lot of really high-end pitching in the game. It was fun to be a part of. I made some really good friends on the bench tonight and I'm looking forward to continuing those relationships going forward.''
Cash, who was named to the coaching squad, said he enjoyed the experience.
"It was a lot of fun,' he said. "It was more work than I expected. (Mills) nailed it. He mapped it
out exactly how he thought. In the ninth inning I realized everybody got to play, it was perfect.
Then Cano comes up in his second at-bat and hits the home run.''
Several members of the Rays clubhouse and Trop staff also worked the game.