The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is set to take place on Tuesday, July 15 beginning at 7 p.m. at Target Field in Minneapolis. People from the Dallas Center-Grimes area might recognize a familiar face on the National League Roster if they tune in to watch the game.
Former Dallas Center-Grimes student Tony Watson, a relief pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was selected for this year’s MLB All-Star Game. His father and DC-G activities director Steve Watson, who plans on attending the game in Minneapolis, said that it’s been a "whirlwind" since he had been selected.
"It’s a monumental thing," Steve Watson said. "He’s been noticed. He’s got a little big of longevity there. … There’s people who respect his ability."
So far this season, Tony Watson has pitched 41.2 innings for the Pirates and has a 0.84 ERA, the best in baseball for pitchers who have pitched at least 40 innings, and 49 strikeouts while compiling a 5-0 record.
In his most recent outing, Watson pitched one inning against the St. Louis Cardinals and he retired the side on just eight pitches in the bottom of the eighth inning with the game tied 4-4. The Pirates couldn’t hold on and gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth to lose the game to the Cardinals 5-4.
The Pirates are 47-43 this season and in fourth place in the central division in the National League. They are 4.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers, who are in first place.
The MLB All-Star Game begins at 7 p.m. on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis and can be seen on FOX.