ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The rosters for the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game are out, and St. Louis area baseball fans have some “locals” to cheer for.
St. Charles native Mark Buehrle was selected by his peers. The Toronto Blue Jays pitcher will be making his 5th All-Star Game appearance.
“After the past couple of years, I didn’t think it was ever going to happen again. The older I’m getting, the prime is kind of in the past, and I didn’t realize it was going to happen. But it’s always an honor to go for two fun, jam-packed days. I’ll go and soak it up and try to have some fun,” said Buehrle.
Cardinals relief pitcher Pat Neshek is a Minnesota native, so this year’s contest at Target Field is a sort of homecoming for him. It will be his first All-Star Game.
“I shook my head for awhile. I couldn’t believe it. It’s awesome to be rewarded like that and get the chance to play against the best,” Neshek said.
This will be Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter’s second appearance in the mid-summer classic after making his debut in 2013. He was selected by manager Mike Matheny.
“The first one in your career will always be the most thrilling. There are so many emotions and so much excitement, and it was here and gone before I was able to soak it in. This one, I think, will be one where I can sit back and take in the moment. I can just have fun. It will help because I know somewhat what to expect. But, it is still special,” Carpenter said.
Cards pitcher Adam Wainwright is in contention to be the National League’s starting pitcher for the first time after two previous appearances.
“It’s a true honor. To be voted in by the players is something that will mean something for me and be a notch on the belt. When you look back on your career and can say the players thought I was good enough one year to make the All-Star team. That’s pretty special,” Wainwright said.
And last, but certainly not least, St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina was voted onto the team by fans. It’ll be his 6th time.
“Fans, thank you so much for your support and taking from your time to vote for me. Congrats to my fellow Cardinals who made the ASG 2014,” Molina wrote on his Twitter page.