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Photos of the Day: MLB players signing autographs for the troops

Jul 16, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

This is my first All-Star Game but reporters I spoke with said that, by far, the players are far more accessible this year than they have been at All-Star Games past. Just saw a good example of this down on the field as the AL Players were coming out for warmups.

Here are Max Scherzer and Mike Trout signing autographs for troops who are here to participate in pregame ceremonies:

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This wasn’t one of those orchestrated deals where players appear to have been told to go do things for the troops. They are just walking back and forth from the clubhouse to the field, past throngs of fans hanging over the rails, the reporters and the assembled hoi polloy. Because they have places to be they obviously can’t stop for everyone. But most of the players — not just Trout and Scherzer — are stopping for the troops. Who, by the way, are over the moon each time one stops.

The vibe here is so friendly. So relaxed. I’ve sort of complained that everyone keeps saying “I’m just happy to be here.” But really, they all appear very happy to be here.

  1. asimonetti88 - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Go Trout!

  2. thekingdave - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    How awesome of Trout to sign for Christopher Moltisanti

  3. nomoreseasontix - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Looks like mostly Air Force guys….
    That’s barely military…

    Kidding…

  4. dkphilly1122 - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Isn’t this the way it should be…….?? The troops are the real hero’s. Not taking anything away from the players and kudo’s to them for giving the military guys autographs, but the military people, guys and gals, give us our freedom and risk their lives for US and the ball players. It’s always a good thing to see the players and military together.

  5. acdc84 - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    I know its just a tiny amount of time and effort in the lives of these multi-millionaire baseballs players, but they should still get some props. It was touching when they showed a mic-ed up Brandon Phillips conversing with an Air Force hero. You could tell the AF hero was really excited to chat with Phillips for a minute, but Phillips thanked him profusely for what he has done and was genuinely flattered when the AF guy gave him a token medal. The brave men and women in our military are the true heroes of the night, and its touching to see these highly paid athletes appreciative and humbled when meeting them.

    I have zero rooting interest in Phillips or most these guys, but anyone of these players that spends a little bit of time with one of our US heroes should get commended. It puts things in perspective, and I’m proud of the athletes that are humbled and recognize it.

    God bless America!!

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