My first All-Star Game felt like the World Series wrapped into two days. There's very little down time. It's no vacation, that's for sure. But I came here embracing everything with open arms, and while it was a mentally-draining experience, it was also a lot of fun.
When I was named to the All-Star team a few days ago, I didn't really have a vision of what it would be like or how things might play out. After all, I hadn't experienced this before. From the moment I landed in Southern California, I was on the go.
As soon as I got here Sunday, I hung out with some buddies and got some food. I saw my brother and then I went to sleep. The next day I was busy all day. To be honest, Monday is such a blur now I can barely even remember what I did. From the moment you wake up, there's stuff to do. That continues into the night.
Being on the field was exciting because I got to meet so many of these guys. I'm a big baseball fan so that part was tremendous. It was very cool.
On Tuesday, I think they pushed back the starting time a little. That didn't affect me and my routine before the start, though. I enjoyed the ceremony.
For me, the butterflies started when I first played catch. My stomach was in a knot and my legs were wobbling. It was pretty nerve-racking. I think I was more nervous for this than when I pitched in the postseason. I had longer to think about it. In the playoffs, I didn't have a lot of time to think about it because I was coming out of the bullpen. Here, I needed to set the tone.
During the anthem, I enjoyed the moment. I was proud to be representing the American League. It was huge. I was starting the game, we had some good defense behind me, and we put up two zeros, which was good, but by the time I came out my hands and my glove were drenched in sweat.
Now I get to enjoy a couple of off-days before getting back to business in the second half. I fly into New York on Wednesday to meet the Rays, but I don't pitch until Sunday.
As for the second half, I hope we come out in first place in the AL East. That is our hope. If not first place, I would hope for the Wild Card. We want to get back to postseason baseball.
David Price, the starter for the AL in the All-Star Game, was 12-4 with a 2.42 ERA in the first half with 100 strikeouts in 115 innings. He pitched two scoreless innings for the AL, allowing one hit and getting one strikeout.
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