MLB All-Star Game memories

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Aaron Boone (Reds), 2003

Photograph By Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Most players will find out their All-Star status via the team's manager. Boone learned he'd made the NL All-Star team in 2003 through his father, Bob, who happened to be the Reds' manager at the time.

"I went into his office," Aaron said. "My dad was totally stoic. I think Ive seen him cry maybe two times in my life and this was one of them. It took him 30 seconds to say it.

"Needless to say, he was very happy for me."

Aaron's All-Star selection continued the family baseball legacy. Grandfather Ray made it twice (he was the last Tigers player to start at third base before Miguel Cabrera this year). His dad made it four times as a catcher. And his brother, Bret, made it three times, including this same season.

"My dad, mom, grandpa, wife and the whole family was there," Boone said. "We got a great picture of the three generations of Boones with me and my brother in our All-Star uniforms. Its one of my favorite pictures from my career.

"I lined to right in my only at-bat, but it was still an awesome experience that no one can take away from me."

Boone has been part of ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" team since 2010.

--Mark Simon