The first time the All-Star Game was in Minneapolis was 1965. That was quite a year for the Twins, as it was Minnesota’s first pennant as well. Today MLB Productions provides this cool newsreel thingie of that year’s Midsummer Classic.
Lots of stars taking BP and things. A reminder that he All-Star Game wasn’t always managed by the previous year’s pennant-winning manager.
UPDATE: I’m reminded that, in 1965, there was a good reason the All-Star Game wasn’t managed by the previous year’s pennant winners. One, Yogi Berra of the Yankees, was fired after losing the World Series. The other, Johnny Keane of the Cardinals, was hired by the Yankees to take Berra’s place. That sort of didn’t work out for anyone, and it resulted in second place managers from 1964 managing the All-Star Game here.
Everyone knows that Giancarlo Stanton is now a New York Yankee. Everyone knows the Marlins traded him to New York. Most people also know that, before that trade happened, the Cardinals and Giants had deals in place for Stanton that he rejected via his no-trade clause. Now, for the first time, we get some real flavor of how all of that went down from Stanton’s perspective, courtesy of this profile of Stanton’s eventful offseason from Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated.
The best part of it comes when Derek Jeter and Marlins president Michael Hill had a sit down with Stanton while the Giants and Cardinals offers were pending. In that meeting, Reiter reports, Stanton was told in no uncertain terms that he’d either accept one of those deals or else he’d be stuck in Miami while the roster was dismantled. Stanton responded thusly:
“This is not going to go how you guys think it will go,” Stanton said. “I’m not going to be forced somewhere, on a deadline, just because it’s convenient for you guys. I’ve put up with enough here. Derek, I know you don’t fully understand where I’m coming from. But Mike does. He’s been here. He can fill you in. This may not go exactly how I planned. But it’s definitely not going to go how you have planned.”
Even adjusting for the likelihood that it wasn’t put quite as smoothly as that in real time as it was in Stanton’s recollection of it to Reiter, it’s still pretty badass. Stanton had the power in that situation and he did not blink when the club threatened to call his bluff. In the end, he got what he wanted.
Beyond that, it’s a good profile of Stanton as he’s about to begin his Yankees career. Definitely worth your time.