MINNEAPOLIS -- Jeff Samardzija’s first All-Star experience was about as unique as they come. It’s surely one he won’t forget.
The ex-Cubs pitcher was announced with the National League All-Star team and then headed over to the American League dugout to join his new Oakland A’s teammates. Though he was picked to play in the game, Samardzija, who was traded to the A’s on July 4, couldn’t participate. So after he spent part of the pregame with former NL teammates, the right-hander headed to the AL clubhouse.
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“It was pretty wild,” Samardzija said. “Unsettling I’d say because I couldn’t just hang out and get comfortable anywhere. I did the whole introduction and then went over to the AL side and once I put my A’s jersey and hang out with the team I was going to be with I was able to take a deep breath. But it was kind of weird to be out there in a blue shirt when everybody was wearing gray."
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