The 2012 MLB All Star Game won't feature any Mets players starting the game.
The National League Manager for the All Star game Tony La Russa decided not to start Mets pitcher R.A Dickey tonight according to the NY Post. La Russa ended up choosing San Francisco Giants Pitcher Matt Cain.
David Wright, another Mets player, was not picked by La Russa to become the National League’s DH for the All Star Game. Wright was left out first when the fan vote went to Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval. La Russa could have put Wright as the DH but it went to Carlos Gonzalez.
According to the Post, La Russa never discussed the decision with Dickey. Upon La Russa’s decision, Dickey was not happy.
It “was one of my bigger disappointments because I really felt like it would have been a neat thing for the New York Mets organization and the fan base,” said Dickey to the Post concerning the Mets players not starting. “Having shared so much of the story with them, I felt like that would have been a neat culmination to the story.”
Dickey expected to be selected for the All Star team but says that he respects the decision.
“I’m not going to break down in tears over it, but at the same time I’m a competitor,” said Dickey to the NY Post. “I want to pitch. I want to start. But I’m not the boss. I don't have to agree with it, but I have to respect it. I haven't talked to Tony. I kind of expected to get a call from him either way. Wherever I pitch will be an honor.”
The Mets might not have any players on the National League roster this year, but they will host the 2013 All Star Game next year when it goes to Citi Field.