Nationals all stars say it was a team effort


(Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

The silence after the question was asked was broken when shortstop, and first-time all star, Ian Desmond grabbed the microphone.

“The question is: How many times have you voted for Bryce?” Desmond said.

Desmond was joined at the event with fellow all stars Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez. This is the first time the team has had three all stars since the franchise moved to Washington.

Each of the players said the selection was more a reflection on the team, than themselves. Gonzalez said that everyone from the owners to even the clubhouse attendants have had something to do with the team’s first-place start.

And each of the all stars said Harper deserves a selection. The 19-year-old will have to wait until Thursday afternoon when online voting ends. Desmond said Harper needed the fans’ support and a selection would be good for the area.

Desmond said he was humbled to be selected by National League manager Tony La Russa. He said the former St. Louis manager is someone he looks up to.

Gonzalez is the only of the three to previously be an all star. Last year, while with Oakland, Gonzalez was told by Boston starter Josh Beckett to take in the whole event. He said the experience was a chance to get to meet with other players, discuss strategy and relax. He said he’s looking forward to spending this trip with teammates, as he was the lone A’s player last season.

“You never know if you’ll get another one,” Gonzalez advised his teammates.

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