Alex Colome Brought Close To Tears By Being Selected To All-Star Team
As we get older we become much more cynical. We bash the All-Star Game for having World Series implications and bash the players that repeatedly pull out for "injuries". We find it useless to argue about who did and didn't make the game because 100 players are named to the team by the time the game starts. However with our pessimistic viewpoint we miss two big pictures.
The game and the weekend are ultimately for the kids that are still enamored with the game. They get to see the brightest stars on the field at one time. Although the dream matchups happen all the time (with interleague play), seeing Mike Trout and Mookie Betts playing together against Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant is still really cool. This is how we get the next generation of baseball fans to love the game like we did.
The other big picture is that for every Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, who have been to the game countless times at this point, there is an Alex Colome. Colome is a 27 year old reliever that has been up and down with the Rays for the last four years. In 2014, Colome was suspended for a random drug test. To get to the point where Colome has become an elite closer in the American league is impressive. To be named to the All-Star team is remarkable.
You feel incredible for a guy like Colome because you can just see how much it means to him. Certain players will find any excuse in the book to miss the All-Star Game. Alex Colome was near tears finding out he gets to go.
That's just baseball Susan.
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