07/11/07 12:00 AM ET
Haren revels in All-Star experience
Right-hander's two innings finish off memorable break
By Mychael Urban / MLB.com
He doesn't even want to forget the bottom of the first inning, in which the NL grabbed an early lead against Haren. Mets shortstop Jose Reyes led off with a single and promptly stole second base despite the presence of perennial Gold Glover Pudge Rodriguez behind the plate."Obviously he stole that one off me, 'cause Pudge made an awesome throw, right on the bag," Haren said. "I was probably pretty slow to the plate." With a runner in scoring position and nobody out, in stepped crowd favorite Barry Bonds. "I knew I wasn't going to walk him. That's for sure," Haren said. "I was going to give him a pitch to hit. If I walked him, I'd probably get booed off the mound, just come in the clubhouse and shower up." So he gave Bonds a couple of fastballs to get ahead in the count and eventually retired him on a fly ball to right field. "Getting the first out was nice," Haren said. "I didn't make a very good pitch to Bonds, but getting the out was nice. Haren then struck out Carlos Beltran, but Ken Griffey Jr. singled up the middle to score Reyes and give the NL a 1-0 lead. In the second inning, Haren issued a leadoff walk to Prince Fielder before retiring the next three hitters and calling it a night. Actually, he didn't quite call it a night at that point. He went into the clubhouse to get some ice for his arm, then headed back to the dugout to soak as much of the experience as possible before driving across the Bay Bridge to his East Bay home. But not before getting something in that stomach. "Now I'm very hungry," he said. "I'm going to try to get some protein in me before I pass out. I'm looking forward to getting home, laying on the bed and thinking about how cool the last two days have been."
Mychael Urban is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.