Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura and outfielder Carlos Gomez only got one at-bat each in the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star game. Both occurred in the eighth inning against the greatest closer in the history of baseball, Mariano Rivera.
Gomez, like the rest of the All-Stars, could not stop clapping when Rivera stood on the mound acknowledging the standing ovation. It was certainly the right thing for the fans, managers, players and personnel to do. It is Rivera’s last All-Star appearance and he deserved every bit of what he got.
“When I see Mariano, I continued to clap,” Gomez told Brewers.com. “Because a guy like that, like a gentleman, like a great person and a fantastic ballplayer and real professional, it’s a guy that everywhere you see him, on the field and off the field, you’re going to tip your cap. He deserves it, now and when he’s retired.”
Segura was the first batter to face Rivera, which was clearly no easy task with everyone in the stadium rooting for the veteran. The right-handed batter grounded out to second base and slowly jogged to first as if not to hurt himself. With two outs, Gomez got his opportunity. Unfortunately, he grounded out to the shortstop.
Regardless of the outcome, Segura and Gomez were just thrilled to be a part of the All-Star experience. Obviously, facing Rivera is something neither player will ever forget.
“It’s fun,” Gomez said, according to Brewers.com. “To have the experience when you know the best closer comes to pitch in the eighth, and you know he’s going to retire and be the last hitter and the last out, I’m really happy. It’s the best.
“I’d have been really excited if I get a base hit. I got a ground ball, but I’m still happy because Mariano got me out.”
Segura did manage to turn a double play in the eighth inning so at least he can say he did something productive in his first All-Star game.