Already, Max Muncy has talked about the importance his father had on him becoming a big leaguer. However, that was a month ago; before Muncy was named an All-Star. Now, Muncy will get the opportunity to pay tribute to his father and grandfather. The reason for this – Muncy attended games in Cleveland as a youngster with the elder Muncy’s.
Bill Plunkett captures the magic of a journeyman becoming an All-Star in his recent story in the OC Register.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 6, 2019
Obviously, the added significance comes from the fact that the game takes place in Cleveland. Who knew that Muncy had Cleveland, Ohio ties?
“Growing up going to Cleveland Indians games all the time with my dad or with his dad,” Muncy said, “the way we always talked about going to Indians games, it’ll be pretty special going out there being my first All-Star Game in Cleveland.”
Furthermore, Muncy wasn’t about to be fooled into any pranks when Dodgers manager Dave Roberts elected to tell him he was selected to the squad. While Muncy played along with the joke for a moment, he already knew why he was called into Roberts’ office.
“I already knew,” Muncy said. “I tried to fake it. I walked in there talking about, ‘Hey, if you’re going to tell me I’m not playing against a lefty, we’re gonna have a fight.’ So we just kinda joked around with it. That’s how I found out.”
Truly, that’s classic. America’s Slugger seems overjoyed with the fact he will be in Cleveland with four of his teammates. Equally important, he finally gets the mainstream recognition that he deserves for being one of baseball’s best sluggers over the past calendar year.
It’s hard to imagine where the Dodgers would be without discovering the gem in the rough that is Max Muncy. For the rest of his career, he can say he was an All-Star; at least once.