Monday, July 6, 2009

Root for Ryan Franklin at the All Star Game

Sometimes fans get lost in all the "this time it counts" nonsense and forget to focus on all the great stories surrounding the all star game.

Case and point: Ryan Franklin, who will be appearing in his first all star game this season. Franklin's reaction to making the team is exactly what the all star game is all about:

Franklin, a 36-year-old reliever, started to tear up when he described the standing ovation he got from his teammates in the clubhouse. He'd spent a sleepless night wondering whether he'd be chosen.

"Aw, man, it meant a whole lot," said Franklin, a former starter who has closed games the last two years. "There was a lot of tossing and turning, a few good dreams, a few bad dreams -- about not making it. It's a cool feeling. I just can't wait to experience it."
I have been bitter towards the Cardinals since 2006 when they eliminated my beloved Mets in heartbreaking fashion, but for one night, I'll absolutely be rooting for a Cardinal.

And no, it will not be Yadier Molina.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

anyone else want to bang the righteous drum about franklin being busted for steroids in 05? i know, not the point of this post but there has been plenty of writing about ped use on the blog, so it's probably fair game. just seems strange that, with so much talk of manny and whether it would have caused the heavens to fall had the fans voted him to the all-star team, so little has been written about franklin being a (presumably) former user.