Sites and sounds from the Triple A All Star Game

This past Wednesday was one of the best experiences of my young journalistic career in covering Minor League Baseball. I was on hand in Charlotte, North Carolina at BB & T Ballpark — home of the Charlotte Knights — for the Triple A All Star Game.

The stars of tomorrow of the International and Pacific Coast League battled in what would be a 4-2 victory for the IL. I was surrounded by a dozen guys that will be in the big leagues by September and a handful that have already been there. Oh, and a PCL head coach that was the starting second baseman of one of the greatest World Series champion teams of my lifetime, a member of the 600 Home Run Club and a World Series champion manager.

It was a good night. Here are some videos and pictures from my evening.

The Yankees Ben Gamel taking BP:

The Brewers catching prospect Manny Pinataking some licks.

The Yankees Gary Sanchez ripping into one in BP.

The Chicago Cubs likable, big hitting prospect Dan Vogelbach takes some hacks.

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Vogelbach extending.
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The PCL All Stars getting their lunges on.
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Las Vegas 51s and PCL head coach Wally Backman can still rip em.
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Your PCL and IL All Stars.
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The beautiful city of Charlotte looking on.
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Jim Thome and Charlie Manuel getting ready to have their numbers retired.
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Garry Sanchez getting loose.
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Your Top Stars of the game, the PCL’s Travis Taijeron on the 51s and the IL’s Chris Marerro of the PawSox.
TJ Rivers videoing Taijeron
Mets infield prospect T.J. Rivera videoing his teammate Taijeron’s post game interview.
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The Indians Mike Clevinger discussing his loss in the pregame standoff.
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Jose Berrios post game presser with me.

Be sure to check out my interviews with Berrios, Vogelbach, Backman and Gamel as well as an inside look at the Indians Erik Gonzalez at Today’s Knuckleball and Minor League Ball.

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