MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire once said of a young Carlos Gomez, "He irritates people, sometimes me." But this week at Target Field, with Gomez back as a National League All-Star, it was all love.
Gomez heard cheers from fans wearing Twins gear as he traveled through the streets of Minneapolis in a pregame parade before playing in his second consecutive All-Star Game hosted by a former team. Last year, the game was at Citi Field in New York.
"I have a lot of fans wearing my jersey and screaming at me, like, 'We miss you! Come back here!'" Gomez said. "That's really fun to hear that from the fans. Tonight, I have the opportunity to start, and they can see me again."
Those fans voiced their support again during pregame introductions, giving Gomez an ovation rivaled among NL players only by local product Pat Neshek of the Cardinals. Gomez was 0-for-2 in the NL's 5-3 loss to the American League.
He was asked to pick a highlight of this All-Star experience.
"The good part is to come and they mention my name and I run to the line and the good crowd cheers for me," Gomez said. "It's really special, especially when I have my family in the stands."