As one of the coaches for the AL team, Joe Girardi was at the press conference at the Grand Hyatt today. He had two of his children with him, 8-year-old Serena and 6-year-old Dante.
They held tape recorders and microphones for reporters as their dad answered questions and really enjoyed themselves. Dante – who will play in the majors some day, bank on it – told me that he thought Dan Uggla would win the Home Run Derby.
The MVP? “A-Rod or Hanley (Ramirez),” he said.
At the moment, Dante is in full uniform shagging flies during batting practice. He changes sides of the field depending whether a righty or lefty is up. His dad is running with him.