The Rays sole representative to the AL All-Star team is 2b/OF Ben Zobrist. He will be making his second All-Star appearance – the first in 2009 in St.Louis. He entered the game in the top of the 8th inning to pinch hit for former Texas Rangers 3b Michael Young and struck out against former Padres closer Heath Bell. He remained in the game at 2b for the final 2-innings of the American Leagues 4-3 victory.
“I was shocked. I was really puzzled as to why I was coming into the principal’s office before the game….When they showed me the envelope and said that Leyland had selected me as one of the guys to come off the bench possibly – it’s a huge honor. I don’t feel like I’ve necessarily played the way I’m capable of playing up to this point, but obviously I still feel like I can help the club win. And hopefully if we win that game, we could possibly make it to the World Series and that would give us home field advantage. It’s an important game still. I look forward to being there and seeing what I can do. ”
Joe Maddon was happy with Zobrist selection:
“I love the selection from the perspective that a complete game matters, It’s not just about batting average. Ben personifies the complete baseball player and has done so year in and year out. It’s great to see him recognized for it.”