07/16/2003 1:48 AM ET
Brewers revel in All-Star spotlight
Jenkins understands lack of playing time
By Mike Bauman / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Is it better to have gone to the All-Star Game and not played, then not to have gone to the All-Star Game at all?
"Hey, absolutely, man," said outfielder Geoff Jenkins of the Milwaukee Brewers. "I've got no complaints. Fun experience. Awesome being around the guys. Hopefully, I'll be back next year."
Jenkins, the winner of the "Final Man" voting for the 32nd spot on the National League All-Star roster, was on his first All-Star squad, but didn't quite get into his first All-Star Game Tuesday night.
But it was close. Jenkins was to enter the game in the top of the ninth as a pinch-hitter, if one of the first three NL batters reached base. But the game ended with Rafael Furcal's fly to the warning track, and so did Jenkins' chances for an appearance in the Midsummer Classic.
"I was going to hit fourth in that inning if they brought the righty (Brendan Donnelly) in and they brought the righty in," Jenkins said. "But we went one-two-three. And actually, I was going to go in and play defense if we had the lead, too.
"It was disappointing, you know, because I obviously wanted to play. But it was still a great experience being with the guys."
The other Milwaukee representative, first baseman Richie Sexson, came off the bench and went 0-for-2, grounding into a double play and flying to right. But he fielded his chances flawlessly, including one foul pop that was more difficult than routine. And he was an All-Star for a second straight season, playing in a top shelf All-Star Game. There is something to be said for that.
"This was a game where the fans got their money's worth," Sexson said. "You had a game-winning home run. You had a manager coming out to argue a call in an All-Star Game. I think it was just a very well-played game."
Sexson said he noticed one major difference with the addition of the home-field advantage in the World Series for the winning league.
"I think there was a little more going on," Sexson said. "We had signs. Guys were looking down to third base for the first time in a long time. That was definitely different."
In the absence of a National League victory, Sexson said the best part of the All-Star experience was "probably just getting to know a lot of these guys on a whole different level."
Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.