McCann expects to enter in the sixth inning
Brian McCann told me that he doesn’t want to walk off the field as an All-Star Game loser for the fourth consecutive season. As you might remember, he entered last year’s Midsummer Classic in the bottom of the 15th inning, just in time to make unsuccessful attempt to prevent Justin Morneau from scoring the game-ending run.
McCann won’t have to wait around as long this year to enter the game. The 25-year-old catcher is expecting to enter in the sixth inning which means we’ll likely get to see him get at least one at-bat. He is hitless in his two career All-Star Game at-bats.
It’s been obvious that McCann is much more relaxed than he was during his three previous trips to the All-Star Game. Before batting practice today, he was cutting up with David Wright and Ryan Zimmerman in the same manner that he has over the past few years with so many Braves.
A few weeks ago in Cincinnati, when the Braves were trying to snap a four-game losing streak during the series finale with McCann getting a rest, Chipper Jones exited the clubhouse’s batting cage and found McCann talking to some of his teammates around his locker.
Here’s how the comical exchange developed from there:
Chipper: You’ve been summoned to the batting cage.
McCann: What do you need? All I’m going to do is go in there and make fun of people.
Chipper: In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve lost four straight and we need you in there to get the guys loose.
With that, McCann immediately walked toward the batting cage and seemingly helped to lighten the mood. The Braves responded with a 7-0 win that afternoon.
I went into the stands to talk to McCann’s parents this evening and it’s definitely great to see how much they enjoy sharing in the All-Star experience with their son.
“The parade is still the best for me,” Howie McCann said. “To see him out there with (Derek) Jeter and Mariano (Rivera) and all of those guys is just great.”
Some of you have asked about Omar Infante. He was hoping to being his Minor League rehab assignment within the next week. We’ll learn more about his status on Thursday.