Behind the scenes with an All-Star
Sanchez's wife Judy, a former sportswriter with the Miami Herald, is writing a behind-the-scenes blog from Phoenix tracking her husband's daily activities.
A sample: "There was a major logistics issue involving transportation and, post-[Home Run] Derby, there were no taxis or cars for the players to take back to the hotel. After 30 minutes of waiting out in the scorching heat, we were all shuffled onto a bus. So, Cliff Lee, Joey Votto, Jered Weaver and a bunch of other guys are all riding on this hot bus like they're on an elementary school field trip. Still, no complaints. Everyone is still all smiles and just seems very happy to be involved in the festivities." (Read more at http://miamiherald.typepad.com/fish_bytes/2011/07/its-all-star-game-day-for-gaby-sanchez.html#ixzz1RvwI9Qlu)
"It’s a great experience to be able to share with her. And with my mom and dad, my brother," Sanchez said. "It’s a special thing. Who knows how many other times you’re going to come this way?"
It's not just a family affair for Sanchez, though, since Ryan Braun, his college roommate at the University of Miami, is also on the National League team.
-- Kevin Baxter in Phoenix
Photo: National League infielder Gaby Sanchez (15) of the Florida Marlins before the 2011 All Star game at Chase Field. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas / US Presswire