The 2013 Northwoods All-Star game has come and gone. Between the limousine entrance and a special homecoming for one player, the all-stars also faced some unique pressure.
"I I don't care about the numbers here. It's a good atmosphere out here," Woodchucks first baseman Matt Tellor said. "It's just a great time being here with all the other all-stars."
Tellor and the rest of the all-star starters arrived at Carson Park in a limousine. For the 52 selected players, the events over the last two days in Eau Claire was a much needed break from the everyday grind of summer college baseball.
"This is more of a fun experience than anything," Rafters catcher Jackson Slaid said. "Everybody gets the chance to relax a little bit."
Rafters relief pitcher J.P. Feyereisen says it was a special night for him. He took the mound in the eighth inning in front of fans who stuck around to welcome the River Falls-native back home.
"I get to see my family and friends. At the beginnning of the game, hearing my crowd. It was almost like I was home in Eau Claire because my fans were so loud," Feyereisen said. "It was really exciting."
One of the advantages of playing at an all-star game is showcasing your talents in front of dozens of scouts across the country. They're taking notes on every play, timing everything and anything, and clocking the speed of every pitch.
"You try to come out here and play like you have been every other day," Tellor said. "Just play the way that you have been, that got you here. But it's in the back of your mind that they're out there, a little nerveracking."
Just adding a little pressure to an overall fun experience.