Dream Come True: Ryan Franklin Ready For First All-Star Game

Josh LevittSenior Analyst IJuly 6, 2009

JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 20:  Pitcher Ryan Franklin #31 of the St. Louis Cardinals poses during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 20, 2009 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Sometimes fans get lost in all the "this time it counts" nonsense and forget to focus on all the great stories surrounding the All-Star game.

Case in point: Ryan Franklin, who will be appearing in his first All-Star game this season. Franklin's reaction to making the team is exactly what the All-Star game is all about:
Franklin, a 36-year-old reliever, started to tear up when he described the standing ovation he got from his teammates in the clubhouse. He'd spent a sleepless night wondering whether he'd be chosen.
"Aw, man, it meant a whole lot," said Franklin, a former starter who has closed games the last two years. "There was a lot of tossing and turning, a few good dreams, a few bad dreams -- about not making it. It's a cool feeling. I just can't wait to experience it."
I have been bitter towards the Cardinals since 2006 when they eliminated my beloved Mets in heartbreaking fashion, but for one night, I'll absolutely be rooting for a Cardinal.

And no, it will not be Yadier Molina.