A few hours after Sean Doolittle was named to this year’s National League all-star team, the Nationals’ closer shared the news with a rock band near and dear to his heart.
“Hey @smashmouth guess what,” Doolittle tweeted Sunday night, to which the band, which formed in 1994 in San Jose, replied, “What’s up sir?”
“I’m an all star,” Doolittle responded.
(This is funny, of course, because Smash Mouth gave us the 1999 hit “All Star,” which features the line, “Hey now, you’re an all-star,” and which you may not be able to get out of your head for the rest of the day. Sorry. I blame Doolittle, the Nats’ all-star tweeter.)
Doolittle, who will get his game on and go play in this year’s Midsummer Classic at Nationals Park next Tuesday, is an all-star for the second time in his career. He celebrated his first all-star selection, in 2014, as a member of the Oakland A’s by blasting Smash Mouth’s “All Star.”
Smash Mouth and Doolittle have quite a history. In 2016, Doolittle served as a peacemaker in a Twitter feud between Smash Mouth and the A’s after the band complained that the team was unwilling to spend money on free agents.
The following year, Smash Mouth encouraged Doolittle to propose to his girlfriend, Eireann Dolan, and even promised to play at their wedding if he popped the question.
“We’d had some random interactions with Smash Mouth before,” Doolittle told the Bay Area News Group after proposing to Dolan last February. “And they ended up jokingly saying, ‘We’ll play your wedding; what’s taking so long.’ They were egging me on, getting me to propose and we were like, ‘How did they know?’”
Dolan congratulated Doolittle on his second all-star selection in her own amusing way.
Doolittle, who struck out two of the three batters he faced in the 2014 All-Star Game at Minnesota’s Target Field, is excited to be representing the Nationals in this year’s game, despite the fact that Smash Mouth isn’t among the featured musical performers.
“It means a lot,” Doolittle told reporters on Sunday. “Getting selected to the All-Star Game is really a special honor. It’s really difficult to do, and for me, I think of where I was a year ago at this time. I hadn’t even been traded over here yet. I wasn’t even the closer on that team, and now I get to represent this team and this city in front of these fans in the All-Star Game. It’s incredible. It really hasn’t sunk in yet, to be honest.”
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