In a strange, if not wonderful, turn of events, Carlos Gonzalez has been picked to hit lead-off for the National League in his first trip to the All Star Game. The honor to start the All Star game is something unexpected, hitting lead-off even more so. The only letdown, if there is one, is that the fans won’t witness his amazing talent in the field, with him being placed in the DH roll.
La Russa explained his choice of having CarGo hit leadoff to mlb.com, saying he sought advice from Carney Lansford who played for him with the A’s:
I asked him about CarGo, and he said he can hit all over…[Lansford] said last year when [the Rockies] really got hot, he hit at the top of the lineup and made things happen. I like that when Justin [Verlander] takes the mound at the top of the first, he looks over there and he sees some real damage right off the bat. He’s got all the weapons to deal with it, but I think these guys will get his attention.
Hopefully CarGo can shake off his current slump and really go out and have a great time. Perhaps the Home Run Derby will give him the batting practice he needs for the game.
Home Run Derby (July 9th | ESPN | 6:00 PM)
All-Star Game (July 10th | FOX | 5:30 PM)