It only makes sense to have the best closer in the National League warming up in the bullpen during the 9th inning of the 85th Annual All-Star Game. That’s what San Diego Padres’ fireman Huston Street was doing when hometown closer Glen Perkins slammed the door on the Senior Circuit Tuesday night, preserving a 5-3 American League victory, and giving the AL home field advantage during this year’s World Series.
Street would’ve be the one to save the victory for the NL squad had they been able to rally in the top half of the 9th, but for the second time in three seasons, he was left warming up and failed to make an in-game appearance.
"“I didn’t get in…It would have been fun if we had come back, but otherwise it was a good experience all the way around. They never told me I was going to close. They told all of us a mixture of the same thing, which was they were going to play matchups between lefties and righties. Try and get everybody in there and see how it went…As the game shaped out, I just didn’t get in there. I’m not going to complain about it. I’m just going to have to make another one. Hopefully the third time is the charm.”"
If Street makes another All-Star team, it most likely will be in another team’s uniform. He is one of the hottest trade chips the Padres’ currently possess, and having an elite closer on a squad that is one of the worst-hitting teams in modern history, is wasting talent. Street will fetch the Padres a solid catch at the trading deadline, with teams such as Baltimore, Oakland, Detroit, and Pittsburgh believed to be in the hunt for Street’s services.