Pictures from ASG
The weather has been spectacular on Sunday and it has certainly lent to a really good first full day of All-Star Game festivities.
The big All-Star news as it relates to the Reds is that RHP Alfredo Simon was named to the NL team to replace Johnny Cueto. It’s a shame that Cueto can’t pitch on Tuesday since it’s his first time being on the team. But at least he can take part in the festivities and enjoy being an All-Star. Simon gets a much-deserved late invite as a reward for his breakout season so far.
My first impressions of Target Field are two big thumbs up. The architecture and design of the stadium with the limestone and various details is distinctively Minnesotan. The park does seem more vast that you’d expect on a relatively small area of land.
Downtown Minneapolis seems pretty well prepared for the thousands of visitors that have come to town. I haven’t noticed any real calamity around the city. Signs are everywhere to get people where they need to go. One smart move was painting a bright green line on the sidewalk from the light rail stop to the FanFest at the convention center. There is All-Star Game merchandise everywhere.
Before Sunday’s Futures Game, I spoke with both Robert Stephenson and Jesse Winker. Be sure to check out my story on Reds.com. Both players are aware that being selected to play in this game is a good sign for their big league aspirations. In Winker’s 1-for-2 day, he banged an opposite field double off of the left field wall to lead off the third inning and scored the game’s first run. He flied out to left field in the fourth inning.
Here are some pictures from the rainy Saturday and sunny Sunday…