Final All-Star thoughts

Posted on July 11th, 2007 – 12:16 AM
By Joe Christensen

Well, I’m wrapping it up here at AT&T Park. It was a terrific All-Star experience, probably the best of the four I’ve had so far (2002, 2004, 2005 being the others).

Again, the thing striking me most right now is how well-liked these Twins All-Stars are by the national and international media. Their personalities really draw people in. With reporters surrounding his locker, Johan summed up tonight’s ninth inning by saying, “It was exciting. But at the same time, it was a little scary.”

Santana did countless interviews in Spanish this week. Morneau must have done an interview with a Canadian media outlet every five minutes. And Torii Hunter has become an all-time media sensation. He seemed so much more comfortable here than he did at the 2002 All-Star Game. “That was my first one,” he said. “I didn’t want to step on any toes.”

He had waves of reporters coming up to him after tonight’s game. And this was after he went 0-for-2! “I held Jose Reyes to a single,” Hunter said. “That was my highlight.”

With an early flight to catch tomorrow, I’m going to sign off now. But please, check out the rest of the coverage in the regular section. There is the Rondell White news, the full Twins All-Star recap, the discussion about the Twins trying to land the 2015 All-Star Game, and the game story, which has some more behind-the-scenes experiences for Hunter, Morneau and Santana throughout the week.

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