All Star Game 2012

Prior to his final All-Star Game, the 40-year-old Chipper Jones stood in front of their national league team and delivered stirring kind, sincere words of baseball is usually reserved for Iowa cornfield. Chipper admitted later that he got quite emotional while talking, but that no one get the wrong impression that he categorically denied any tears.

"I do not want to stand here and get all gooey before the young of dollars. They might think I'm getting soft," said Chipper, who plans to retire after the season. "I really wanted to impress on them to take this opportunity to soak it, have fun. You never know when your last will."

In fact. Many players had a great two or three months only to finish as a trivia question, "What happened?" category. Thus, despite all the hype associated with Bryce Harper coverage, who knows, citizens or other rookie outfielder Mike Trout will be playing in another All-Star Game, and how long their career will continue.

Although, Chipper is a good idea.

"Once they were 15 or 20 All-Star Games, I will tell my children I was the first" Chipper said. "Those two kids are going to be there and then face baseball. Pretty soon. How guys like me and [Derek] Jeter and A-Rod throw, the torch will be handed over to these guys. These two guys are going to be a tent for years to come. I would say the game of baseball in very good hands. "

19-year-old debut of Harper met with the incredible hype and expectations, but now that the dust has settled, clear, 20-year-old trout with the highest of the season, leading his counterpart in virtually all significant statistics. If his second half as impressive as his first, Angels outfielder Fred Lynn can join and Ichiro Suzuki as the only newcomers to the award winning MVP.

He also had the advantage of All-Star Game. Login to the game in the sixth inning, trout before RA Dickey knuckleball in his first at-bat, and 102 miles Aroldis Chapman / h Fastball per second. "Me and Mark rams were talking about that in the dugout," he said. "You do not know where the knuckleball is going up and the heater when flashing, it's on you."

However, trout allocated and stolen base against Dick to become the youngest player to get hit in the All-Star Game with Al Kaline in 1955. He went against Chapman.

Meanwhile, Harper began his first All-Star Game quite well. He walked in his first appearance of the plate in the fifth inning. He then tagged and pushed to second on a fly out. And then all went downhill.

He was caught far off second base on the grounder to the pitcher and threw in a rundown. At the bottom of the fifth, he completely lost the ball to fly a light from the sunset sky, and the ball landed a few meters behind him. Operators of the Kansas City scoreboard immediately responded by showing an excerpt from "Sandlot", in which the boy fly ball hit him on the head.

"There you go," said Harper. "I do not get into my head, so I think I'm doing good."

Harper also struck out looking.

It is probably more gentle remember other moments of his All-Star experience, as well as meetings with people such as George Brett, Mark McGwire, Derek Jeter, and especially, Chipper.

"Being able to sit with Chipper in the dugout during the first five innings was an incredible experience," said Harper. "It was so much fun just sitting there talking to him and shoot the bull. It was pretty amazing. He's just an incredible player, and it was something special to get to meet him."

"I met Tony La Russa after the game," Trout said. "Congratulating the Chipper was just an incredible feeling. I grew up watching him as a child. It was pretty surreal.

"I sat down and ate with [Jeter] yesterday and today. We had a few conversations. I was actually on the deck, and I looked in the dugout and began pumping his chest Jeter. And I do not know what he was talking about. He asked "Are you nervous? So I started looking around and [heart] started pumping a little bit. "

After the game, Harper packed boxes to send gifts home. As he threw a box of All-Star balls, T-shirts and sign with his locker, La Russa stopped to shake his hand.

"He told me:" With all the fame and fortune that will come your way, do not change the game, do not change the mentality. Be a man, you have Bryce. "

It was like the advice given Chipper trout. "He said to keep rolling, always work hard and stay humble and go out and be yourself."

One of the possible Hall of Famer played his final All-Star Game on Tuesday. Responding to a question whether he wants to play more, trout responded: "I hope so. If I get another opportunity."

And if you're lucky, he and Harper could one day give an emotional speech at the next generation.

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