LOS ANGELES — Jeff McNeil, Giancarlo Stanton and Gerrit Cole all name New York dwelling now.
However on Tuesday, the Met and Yankees might be of their outdated yard as main league All-Stars at Dodger Stadium, including some additional that means to the entire expertise for the three Los Angeles-area natives.
“This 12 months, particularly once I was having a very good first couple months, it was actually on my thoughts, simply to play on this stadium in entrance of hometown family and friends,” mentioned McNeil, who was born in Santa Barbara, Calif., and performed his faculty ball at Lengthy Seaside State. “I believe I put lots of stress and strain on myself to get it completed, however I used to be in a position to do it.”
From his desk within the center-field plaza on Monday, fulfilling his media day obligations, McNeil regarded up towards the primary row within the blue part of seats (higher deck) on the first-base line. His childhood buddy had season tickets there, so they’d go to numerous Dodger video games lengthy earlier than McNeil grew to become an enormous leaguer himself with the Mets.
On Tuesday, McNeil will begin at second base for the Nationwide League and bat ninth.
“I bought to expertise it as a reserve in 2019, which was nonetheless unbelievable. However this 12 months, it’s a bit bit totally different, getting to start out the sport in my childhood favourite staff[’s stadium],” mentioned McNeil, whose new son Lucas might be in attendance. “I grew up going to this stadium once I was youthful, loads. It’s going to be fairly cool to be out on the sector and look again and see the place I used to take a seat once I was youthful.”
Stanton, who will begin in left discipline and bat fifth for the American League, remembered going to Dodger Stadium as a 9-year-old in 1999 to see Mark McGwire play with the visiting Cardinals. It ended up being the evening that Fernando Tatis hit two grand slams in the identical inning, however he was left upset as a result of McGwire didn’t homer and made the second out earlier than Tatis hit the second grand slam.
“That’s all I wished to see,” he mentioned with a chuckle.
Tuesday might be Stanton’s fifth All-Star Recreation, however the first one in his hometown.
“It was imagined to be right here [in 2020], however yeah, it’s one other version of what may very well be a really cool occasion,” Stanton mentioned.
Cole, in the meantime, grew up going to extra Angels video games than Dodgers video games, together with his hometown of Newport Seaside nearer to Anaheim. And although he won’t pitch within the sport after beginning for the Yankees on Sunday, he was relishing having the All-Star Recreation near dwelling.
“I’d like to start out considered one of this stuff at some point. That may be good,” Cole mentioned. “[But] it’s particular coming dwelling, seeing my household.”