KANSAS CITY -- A's reliever Ryan Cook is in Kansas City for Tuesday's All-Star Game and he's savoring his first invitation to the Midsummer Classic. With eight saves and opponents hitting a mere .105 against him, he's joined the ranks of Oakland A's rookies with the All-Star honor, an elite group of seven that includes Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire.
It wasn't that long ago that Cook was a minor-league starter. To be here as a Major League closer is "some kind of journey," as A's manager an AL bench coach Bob Melvin said Monday.
Comcast SportsNet California caught up with the right-hander as he reflected on what has been a stunning season.
Cook on his 2012 season:
It's been a wild ride. I told everyone earlier that I came into camp just trying to make the team. To have everything kind of fall into place like this it's been a blessing. I definitely didn't see it coming, but I'm all for it.
On being one of five rookies to make the AL squad:
I think it's kind of cool. There's really nothing else to say except that it shows the talent, the younger talent that's coming up, it shows that we're ready to contribute and help teams win right away.
It's a cool experience, obviously, to be with all these guys and -- and older guys too, that's the other side of it. It's awesome.