The All-Star experience has to be a thrill for Major League players to be considered at the top of their game.
For Adam Duvall, making his first Major League roster out of spring training, firsts are piling up but he is taking them in stride even after his All-Star debut in San Diego on Tuesday.
Duvall came back to Great American Ball Park with a golden bat signed by all of the participants of the home run derby. He has a jersey signed by all of the All-Star players.
The soft spoken 27-year old from Louisville, Kentucky is tied for second in the National League with 23 home runs. Duvall is sixth in the National League with 61 RBI, two behind Reds’ team leader Jay Bruce.
“It was a great experience,” Duvall said of his appearance at the All-Star game. “At no time was I nervous.”
Duvall didn’t notch his first All-Star game hit but had a big at bat in the game. He fouled off several two strike pitches before drawing a walk to load the bases, becoming the potential winning run in the seventh inning.
“It was a big at bat,” Duvall said when told the broadcasters were complementary about him fouling off some tough pitches. “Actually, I thought I missed a couple of those pitches. I think I could have hit one or two of them in the gap.”