7/8 All-Star nerves
It hasn’t quite hit Bryan LaHair that he’s an All-Star, and probably won’t until Monday when he shows up in the National League clubhouse in Kansas City. LaHair will travel Sunday night with Cubs first base coach Dave McKay and the Mets’ All-Star contingent.
“I’ve been thinking about it and the closer you get, the more you think about it,” LaHair said, sounding like a little kid before Christmas. “I’m just trying to focus on the job here now and stay as humble as possible.”
LaHair, 29, spent nine years in the Minor Leagues, including six at Triple-A, before finally getting an opportunity in the big leagues with the Cubs this year. He received the second-most votes on the players’ ballot. He still gets a couple text messages a day from friends and family to congratulate him.
“This morning, I woke up and I’m like, ‘Hmm, I’ve got a game today, and I’m going to Kansas City,’ and it’s kind of cool I’m going to meet my brother and wife there,” he said.
The Mets All-Stars were presented their jerseys before Friday’s game. LaHair hasn’t seen his yet. But he’s been trying to visualize what it’ll be like in Kansas City.
“I thought about it yesterday when I was out there stretching,” he said. “I thought about Kansas City for a second, and trying to compare the two crowds, and thinking it probably won’t be close — it’ll be really loud and packed there. Different things pop up — what’s this going to be like? What’s that going to be like?”
He’ll find out Monday.
— Carrie Muskat