Hunter Pence is just what the All-Star Game needs
Kudos to Astros outfielder Hunter Pence and shortstop Miguel Tejada for making the National League All-Star team as reserves. For Tejada, it will be his sixth All-Star Game — second in the NL — as he continues to play at a high level at age 35.
For Pence, this will be his first trip to the Midsummer Classic, and it’s well-deserved. No one plays the game harder or with more enthusiasm as Pence, who play has yet to gain him national attention. When he chased down a foul ball during a blowout loss in San Francisco over the weekend, he fell over the bullpen mounds and then tipped his hat to the fans.
Pence will revel in his first All-Star Game. He’ll appreciate being there and sharing the clubhouse with some of the game’s greats. He’ll take it seriously, though, hoping to get a win for the NL just in case the Astros make it the World Series and need home-field advantage.
Pence will run out every ground ball and crash into the wall, just because that’s the way the game’s supposed to be played. Even if it’s an exhibition. Astros fans have come to appreciate Pence more and more with each season, and now the rest of the country can find out what they’ve been missing.