Street garners 'well-deserved' ASG nod, replaces Ross
Padres' veteran closer has converted 24 of 25 save attempts this season
LOS ANGELES -- The game time temperature Sunday at Dodger Stadium was 81 degrees, though don't try to pass that figure off as gospel to anyone who stood in or passed through the furnace-like conditions of the visiting dugout.
San Diego reliever Huston Street was one of those players trying to beat the heat, although he did feel a distinct chill when his manager, Bud Black, approached him early during the game and told him he had made the National League All-Star team.
"It felt like Christmas," Street said after the game, still beaming. "I think that it was the closest thing to being a seven-year-old again at Christmas."
After he wasn't originally selected for the NL All-Star roster last Sunday, Street decided to move on with plans -- albeit tentative -- to fly home to Austin with his family for a couple of days away from baseball. But deep down, he wanted to go to Minneapolis.
And now he will, as Street got his wish Sunday as he was named as the replacement for his teammate, Tyson Ross, who pitched Sunday against the Dodgers.
Ross was previously selected to the NL All-Star team by its skipper, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. But because he started Sunday against the Dodgers, Ross is ineligible to pitch in the All-Star Game itself.
Ross will attend the game with family and take part in the pregame festivities and ceremonies and will also be introduced before the game. Now he'll have a buddy with him in Street.
"To be able to go with a teammate, especially with the way he's [Ross] gone about his business this season, is great," Street said.
As for Street, he has the highest save percentage of any big league closer (95.2) since the start of 2012, as he has converted 80 of 84 saves in that stretch.
Street opened the season with 23 consecutive saves before suffering his first blown save July 5 at home against the Giants. He bounced back Friday, in his first appearance since that game, and worked a 1-2-3 inning as the Padres topped the Dodgers, 6-3, for his 24th save.
Street's initial exclusion from the NL roster raised some eyebrows, especially given his success thus far in 2014.
"It's well-deserved," said Black after Sunday's 1-0 loss to the Dodgers. "Justice is served on this one. The guys are really happy for him."
This is the second All-Star team Street has been picked for. He was selected to the 2012 NL team as the lone Padres representative. He didn't play in that game. Instead, he purchased scads of merchandise at the game for teammates, coaches and clubhouse staff.
This year, though, he wants to get in the game and pitch.
"Everyone wants to pitch, everyone is a competitor," Street said. "You want to compete. I'll be ready. If he [Matheny] calls your number, you've got to be ready."
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