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Highlights from All-Star media day

Jul 15, 2013, 9:11 PM EST

Courtesy @NationalsPR

NEW YORK โ€” The interview/press conference portion of All-Star workout day is now complete, and Bryce Harper (predictably) has been everywhere.

The Nationals' lone participating All-Star had a big crowd surrounding him during his media availability this afternoon at Citi Field, much of it consisting of international media members who peppered him with questions about his global fan support and asked him to say something in Chinese (Harper politely declined that request). Harper then was ushered upstairs to the official Home Run Derby press conference, where he sat alongside NL teammates David Wright, Michael Cuddyer and Pedro Alvarez.

Jordan Zimmermann was a bit less popular with reporters, which didn't seem to bother the soft-spoken right-hander one bit. Davey Johnson was, of course, a big hit, showing up in full All-Star BP uniform (pretty much everybody else was in street clothes) and answering questions on every topic known to man, including his time in Japan, his thoughts on Chris Davis and obviously his memories of the 1986 Mets.

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  1. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Great quote from Waino!

  2. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    yeah, great quote from Waino. someone came with right attitude.

  3. NatsLady - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Speaking of Davey, they had an interesting tidbit on the Baseball Tonight podcast. Today is the anniversary of the day in 1996 when Davey moved Cal Ripken off the shortstop position to 3rd base without informing him. It was messy. They guy they put at SS (whose name I forgot) struggled. Reporters asked him whether he would be back at SS. He said, before the end of the season. He was right.

  4. Section 222 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Wainwright didn't get to start, but he has the QOTD.

  5. Coolhandbane (formally Bob Saget) - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Natslady: I believe it was Mike Bordick. But I did not know davey didnt tell Ripken he was moving to 3rd base without telling him first.How was it messy? I was a young kid at the time (i was 7) but I watched the O's before the Nationals became my favorite team.

  6. NatsLady - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Coolhand, don't know, just relating the story as I heard it. It may be exaggerated because it was Buster Olney and I don't know where he got the story, he didn't give a source. Sorry. Maybe I will look it up tomorrow.

  7. Don - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    I think that it was Manny Alexander in 96, NatsLady. Bordick came over the next year.

  8. SonnyG10 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    I wonder if Ron Harper will be too nervous to throw strikes. I sure wish I could watch the Home Run Derby tonight and the All-Star game tomorrow, only because of Bryce.

  9. Janus - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    It was mike bordick and I don't know that he struggled exactly but he never hit for much power or average, basically a defensive shortstop. Meanwhile Cal obviously was a strong two way player in his prime so it was a bit of a letdown for fans.As for being messy, it was just because Cal wad stubborn and Davey was the one that finally had to or at least had the guts to tell him he wasn't a shortstop anymore. And I don't remember him moving back for any lenght of time. Bordick held the job for at least a couple years, I think 3 or 4.

  10. Janus - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    It was mike bordick and I don't know that he struggled exactly but he never hit for much power or average, basically a defensive shortstop. Meanwhile Cal obviously was a strong two way player in his prime so it was a bit of a letdown for fans.As for being messy, it was just because Cal wad stubborn and Davey was the one that finally had to or at least had the guts to tell him he wasn't a shortstop anymore. And I don't remember him moving back for any lenght of time. Bordick held the job for at least a couple years, I think 3 or 4.

  11. Scott Margenau - Jul 16, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    Yup Bordick. And Cal was fine at SS…daveys just Davey. Bad memories….

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