Miguel Cabrera has the kind of numbers that draw attention from fans.
It's the same reaction from his peers, too.
"That's just like, video game, and let's just go out and have some fun and smile and laugh when we strike out," Washington slugger Bryce Harper said. "It's just, Miggy is going up there and ... going 'Hey, if I don't hit a homer, I shouldn't be playing today.'"
Cabrera hit .330 with 44 homers and 139 RBIs last season, winning the AL Triple Crown. The third baseman is hitting .365 with 30 homers and 95 RBIs at the All-Star break this year. That's an impressive full season for almost any player. Let alone a first half.
Not that he's all that impressed with any of it.
"There isn't a lot of time to see that," he said. "Maybe if I see it in the game, you know how they put it on the scoreboard? So I think that's the only chance we got time to see it. Because you got to worry about other stuff, why are you going to worry about the stats?"
HARP ON THIS: Bryce Harper had his name misstated in a pregame news conference — NL manager Bruce Bochy called him "Bryan" before correcting himself immediately — and was slotted in the 9th spot in the order.
Welcome to the All-Star game, kid.
The second-year Washington Nationals outfielder said he's never batted ninth before in his life.
"That's usually for the pitcher. I don't think I'm pitching tomorrow," Harper said. "You know, we've got a great lineup one through nine. It's pretty tough to get in that lineup, so I'm just very excited and blessed to be able to start and I'm so thankful for it."
FOR RELAXING TIMES ... : Adam Wainwright pitched on Sunday, so he's unavailable for Tuesday's All-Star game.
The St. Louis starter is set to make the most of his time off, anyway.
"It's going to be amazing for me. I would love to pitch in the game, obviously, but also right now this break is perfect timing for me," Wainwright said. "I brought my tennis shoes, my shagging glove, and if I had a hammock, you know, that'd be the thing that would put it over the top."
STUMPED: A TV crew from MLB UK was going around and presenting players with a cricket ball, then asking if they knew what to do with it. Cleveland's Justin Masterson, who was born in Jamaica, pantomimed a respectable overhand bowling motion. But Toronto's Brett Cecil tried to grip the seams and pronounced them uncomfortable. He noted that "Actually, Adam Lind is a big fan of it. I don't know why."
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