We're living in the future and none of this has happened yet
Greetings from the Bronx, where I am in attendance for all the All-Star hoopla this week. I figured I’d update the blog with all the Tribe-related goings-on while I’m in the Big Apple, because, hey, I’m just that nice a guy.
Today we’ve got the Futures Game, which is always a pretty cool event. Just look at this list of players from last year’s game: Justin Upton, Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsburty, Geovany Soto, Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, Rick VandenHurk, J.R. Towles, Luke Hochevar, Clayton Kershaw, Joba Chamberlain, Carlos Gonzalez and Evan Longoria.
This year’s game includes three members of the Indians organization — Matt LaPorta, Wes Hodges and Hector Rondon — and I don’t think I need to tell you which of those guys is getting all the attention. LaPorta, fresh off his status as centerpiece of the CC Sabathia trade, has been hounded by reporters. Last I saw him, he was yukking it up with Peter Gammons during BP.
Been a tough week for LaPorta, between the anxiety of all the trade rumors, packing up his bags at Double-A Huntsville, losing his cell phone, losing his luggage and, most recently, losing his grandfather, who passed away two days ago. But coming here to New York has him all jacked up.
“I’m already shaking because I’m here in Yankee Stadium,” he said. “It’s awesome.”
We’ll have more from LaPorta up on the site later today. If you’re not too caught up in Indians-Rays, you can also, of course, follow the Futures Game action at MLB.com, including the Futures Game blog at http://futures.mlblogs.com. Myself and my MLB.com colleague Jesse Sanchez will be posting live from the U.S. and World dugouts, so it will probably be one of the finest things you’ll ever read in your entire life. Not that I’m overselling it or anything.