Adrian Beltre is honored to be an American League All-Star, but he’s more than willing to admit that some rest, a short break from the grind of a 162-game season, would have been nice.
“I’m feeling okay,” Beltre said on Monday, per the Dallas Morning News. “Sure, you’d like to have a two- or three-day break, but to me it’s special being here.”
Beltre was voted the starting third baseman for the 83 Midsummer Classic, joining teammates Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli as starters. Eight Rangers made the team in all, including reserves Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus, and pitchers Matt Harrison, Yu Darvish and Joe Nathan.
The group came into the break understandably tired. As chronicled in the Morning News, the team’s representatives arrived in Kansas City well after 3 AM on Monday morning, shortly after playing a 13-inning game against the Twins on Sunday night.