Chicago White Sox: All-Star game
Guillen must be right; Alexei Ramirez must be good. He took the place of a future Hall of Famer in an All-Star Game, after all.
But this wasn’t just any substitution. Jeter was allowed to take his shortstop position before Ramirez went out to replace him, the game was paused for several minutes while “New York, New York” blared over the Target Field speakers, and everybody in the stadium –- players from both leagues included –- gave Jeter a standing ovation. It was the moment of the 2014 All-Star Game -- Jeter’s last -- and none of it was lost on Ramirez, who grew up in Cuba.
Ramirez admitted he was nervous when told he’d be in the middle of such a grand spectacle.
“To go out there and take the place of a baseball legend was a tremendous honor,” he said through an interpreter. “I just bowed my head to show my respect. It was a great moment.”
Ramirez, a defensive whiz, has begun to show his offensive value in recent seasons. Batting .282 with eight home runs and 15 stolen bases so far this season, he was picked for his first All-Star Game, and he made the selection look like a solid one. He doubled down the left field line and scored the final run in the American League’s 5-3 win.
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Ventura is hesitant.
"I don't know if that's a good idea," Ventura laughed. "We'll see when we get there."
Ventura doesn't want to have a "Tommy Lasorda moment."
The 23-year-old first time All-Star will pitch one inning in Tuesdays All-Star Game, and some of his teammates are looking forward to playing behind him rather than trying to hit his variety of fastballs.
"First of all Sale is all arms and legs coming at you," said Home Run Derby winner Prince Fielder. "You add in the fact he throws 97 miles per hour and he can change speeds on that. Then he has three great pitches. All that makes him great."
CHICAGO -- The reason for Chris Sale’s first-half success can be related to a factor that goes beyond his electric stuff on the mound.
After experiencing elbow tenderness and briefly moving to the bullpen as a result in early May, Sale had to increase his work load when it came to his shoulder and conditioning programs in order to get the OK to return as a starter.
“We had to make a few tweaks here and there in order to find out how I could progress,” Sale said. “The shoulder program was stepped up a bit to help keep the entire arm strong. The first month or so, we were still trying to figure out what kind of a running program and how much to throw in between starts.”
The caution shown by White Sox management was based on a sore elbow that flared up in late April.
“I am using a lot of long-distance running as a part of my preparation for each start,” said Sale, who will appear in his first All-Star Game next week. “I do two long-distance runs -- one Day 1 and one Day 3 between starts. In between, I do sprint runs on Day 2 and 4 and some short shuttles.”
All of that is just part of what the medical support staff led by Allen Thomas and trainers Herm Schneider and Brian Ball do with Sale to keep him strong and flexible.
“We use weights and all kinds of bands and throwing the ball against the trampoline. Lots of stuff like that and all of those conditioning aspects were picked up when we decided I was going to stay in the rotation,” Sale said. “We do that on Day 1 and Day 3 (between starts), we do a half conditioning, just another shoulder workout before I get out there.”
Sale has stayed focused on his work load, even though he will only pitch once -- at the All-Star Game -- in 12 or 13 days between starts.
“Hey you don’t want to start thinking about (the All-Star Game) too soon, that would be disrespectful to my teammates and would be cheating myself,” he said. “I just want to try and be a good teammate through all of this and not get too far ahead of myself.”
GM Kenny Williams has said that despite all of the work Sale has put in, he will have another rest period like this two-week hiatus at least one more time this season.
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NEW YORK -- Given a chance to take part in the 2011 All-Star game at Arizona, Ozzie Guillen insists he won't go.
"I wouldn't do it," the Chicago White Sox manager said Friday. "As a Latin American, it's natural that I have to support our own."
Guillen joined a growing chorus of opposition to Arizona's new law that empowers police to determine a person's immigration status. The state is home to all four major team sports, hosts half the clubs in spring training and holds top events in NASCAR, golf and tennis.
The Major League Baseball players' union issued a statement condemning the law. A congressman whose district includes Yankee Stadium wrote a letter to baseball commissioner Bud Selig urging him to pull the All-Star game from Phoenix. The World Boxing Council took a step to limit fights in Arizona.
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