07/14/2004 12:11 AM ET
Wilson gets All-Star taste in debut
Shortstop goes 0-for-2 with flawless effort in the field
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
HOUSTON -- Shortstop Jack Wilson, the Pirates' only All-Star Game
representative, got a full induction in his first appearance.
|Jack Wilson flies out during the ninth inning of the 75th All-Star Game Tuesday. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
Wilson played the last four innings after replacing the starter, Edgar Renteria of the Cardinals.
"I got some innings and I was pretty happy," Wilson said. "I didn't think I'd be in there that long."
In two at-bats, Wilson flied out against Blue Jays left-hander Ted Lilly and then popped out in the ninth against right-hander Mariano Rivera before the Yankees' reliever closed out the American League's 9-4 victory.
"My plays were pretty much routine, a ground ball to start a double play and a popup. I was glad to get the two at-bats," Wilson said. "I was a little nervous. I felt like a rookie again."
Wilson got a big endorsement before the game from National League manager Jack McKeon.
"I was just thrilled when he was selected by the players because I had him on my original list," McKeon said. "He deserved to be on this All-Star team.
"You see so many youngsters out there playing their hearts out and having good years," McKeon said. "Sometimes it's an unfortunate situation where somebody is having a greater year than them, and they get bumped.
"In this particular case, he was the one guy of the young players that really deserved to be on the All-Star team," the Marlin's manager said.
Wilson was flattered that McKeon thinks so highly of him.
"When you're not in the same division, you don't see people that much. I didn't meet him until a week before the game," Wilson said.
"He came up and gave me hugs and told me congratulations."
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.