Posted at 12:45 AM on July 13, 2005
by Josh Lee
One of the things I like about the All-Star Game is looking at the box score afterwards. It just goes on, and on, and on, as the managers empty their benches in an effort to give as many players as possible their time in the midseason limelight, even in a game that -- as everyone at Fox Sports would like to remind you -- really, really counts.
Unfortunately, not every All-Star gets to have his moment in the sun, or in this year's case, his moment in the occasional cloudbursts. Instead, these players cool their heels in the dugout, high-fiving the Tejadas and Teixeiras and Andruw Joneses as they return from their homer-hitting exploits. They watch the game, chew a few sunflower seeds, chat with their temporary teammates, and work on soundbites for their hometown papers on how it's an honor just to go to the game and to have a nice line on your curriculum vitae, even if you don't get to have a line on the very, very long box score.
By my calculations, these are the All-Stars who didn't play in this year's All-Star Game:
So while you're watching the highlight reels on SportsCenter, enjoying replays of the fat dingers and hot stops from this year's show, spare a thought for the guys who never got a chance to show what they've got. (Outside of the 162 other chances they get during regular play, that is.)
I believe Izturis is injured.
It is only fitting that Fuentes, Baez and Duchscherer didn't play in the ALL STAR game.