First All-Star experience memorable for Braves catcher
By Michael Bauman / MLB.com
Johnny Estrada caught four innings after coming in for NL starter Mike Piazza to begin the top of the fifth inning. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
HOUSTON -- Johnny Estrada was so fond of his first All-Star Game experience that he seemed more than a little like Ernie Banks, saying: "Let's play two."
"Oh, man, it was awesome," Estrada said Tuesday night. "It was almost like you wish it was a doubleheader. Stay out there and keep playing. It would have been nice to win, but it was tough to come back after they put together that first inning."
For the record, the Atlanta Braves catcher caught four innings and went hitless in two trips to the plate in the 75th All-Star Game at Minute Maid Park.
With any luck, he would have left this game as a .500 All-Star Game hitter. After striking out in the fifth against Javier Vazquez of the New York Yankees, he faced Tom Gordon, also of the Yankees, in the eighth. Estrada stung the ball, but it deflected off Gordon's glove to second baseman Ronnie Belliard and Estrada was thrown out at first.
Johnny Estrada / C
Weight: 210 lbs
Bats: S / Throws: R