Would you think a 20 year old phenom rookie pitcher who is making his all-star debut in New York City would get some press? What if I told you he escaped from Cuba, after three attempts, just to get a new life in America? And what if I told you that same kid pitched his way out of a Tampa Bay high school into the bigs in just two years after being drafted and that his MLB debut was at the same place his all-star debut was? Would you think that would deserve a spotlight in tonight’s telecast?
Instead we were graced with Jason Grilli‘s presence. He spoke about his rehab and how he was inspired by a 17 year old soccer player along the way. That’s nice, but you’re in the way. Sure, you’ve got 30 saves for a Pirates team that no one thought would be in contention. I’ve got news for you – you still have another half to go. Not so fast. And not that big of a deal.
Jose Fernandez, the Marlins lone all-star, pitched a 1, 2, 3 inning in his debut. Two K’s and he got arguably the best hitter in the game, Miguel Cabrera to pop out in foul territory after being down 0-2. And as quickly as he entered the game, he was gone. Poof. Not a word about this kid’s amazing journey and not a moment for Marlins fans to finely feel a bit of shine on the national stage. Instead we got Jason Grilli, a former Marlin. Yawn.
Talk about dropping the ball, Fox. As the kids say, “Fail.”