Bullpen Catcher for the All Star Game

July 10, 2010

Guess what? I’m going to be the American League bullpen catcher for the All Star game. Weird. I knew I’d get to the All Star game someday…I just didn’t know it’d be this way. Baseball’s strange like that. You just never know.

So I’d love to say I’m completely confident in my abilities – but I’m not. I’ve gotta admit, I’m a bit scared. It’s been six years since I’ve caught a pitcher for cryin out loud. And from my vantage point, the game keeps getting faster and I just keep getting slower (and grayer.) Or the other possibility (which I’m clinging to dearly) is that squatting down and catching will be just like riding a bike.

To be honest, I think I’ll be alright. It’s mainly my left thumb that I’m really concerned about. When I learned that I had this gig, I immediately rummaged through the garage to find my old thumb cast…with no success. There’s still a little time left and a few places I haven’t looked, so hopefully I can locate my safety blanket. I really like my thumb, and with all the lefties on the American League staff, I think I’ll need it.

One good thing is that I’ll also be catching in the bullpen for the Future’s game on Sunday. That’ll give me a moment to get my bearings and hopefully get up to speed. Or, maybe it’ll destroy me. Maybe one day of squatting in the bully will require three weeks to recover from. That’s alright, I think I can rely on adrenaline to get me through the events on Tuesday.

Check back…I’ll keep posting my experiences over the next few days. Say a prayer for me and my thumb, por favor.

4 Responses to “Bullpen Catcher for the All Star Game”

  1. Christian says:

    Awesome! Cant wait to hear your take on it. Im going to let all my KC buddies there will be a second Royal at the ASG. Make sure to take good care of Soria…just in case they give him 1/3 of an inning to represent.

    Hey man….do a good job so you can get the same nod when the ASG comes to KC next year :)

    PS – Im sure you will forget about the thumb once the buzz takes over

    Later,
    Christian

  2. Dayna McFadden says:

    Congratulations to you Brent ! You will be fine, and what an awesome experience it will be for you . You deserve it !

  3. Gerry says:

    Brent,

    Catchersthumb.com for a new thumb cast. Betcha they could overnight it to you if you asked!!

    Good luck – you’ll do fine.

  4. Brent Mayne says:

    Thanks Gerry!

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