NEW YORK — Bartolo Colon can laugh now, recalling his first All-Star experience.
Right after unleashing a 100 mph fastball to Mark McGwire, the Cleveland flame-thrower got his comeuppance: Barry Bonds tagged him for a home run estimated at 451 feet, a real crowd pleaser at Coors Field.
"It hit a sign with a San Francisco logo. It was funny," Colon said Monday through a translator.
That was 1998, during his first full season when he was part of baseball's new breed. Now, at 40, the Oakland pitcher is older than some players who take part in Old-Timers' events.
Yet even though Tuesday night's All-Star game is for the young, there's still a place at Citi Field for the guys sporting a bit of gray.
Mariano Rivera remains major league royalty, sought out by teammates and opponents alike this week to pose for a picture or provide a word of wisdom before he retires at age 43.
"Definitely, it's special, but I'm treating it like the other ones," the New York Yankees closer said. "The only difference is next year I won't be here."
Which is why A's closer Grant Balfour wanted to cling close to Rivera.
"Just to be here in his last All-Star game and be in the bullpen, I mean, I'm stoked," Balfour said. "It's my first one, and I think, 'What better timing than to have it when he's in his last one and be here in New York.'"
Boston designated hitter David Ortiz is starting at 37, St. Louis outfielder Carlos Beltran is in the lineup at 36. Detroit outfielder Torii Hunter turns 38 later this week.
Heck, Washington manager Davey Johnson is coaching on the NL side at 70.
Johnson gets a good look on a daily basis at one of the game's brightest young talents, 20-year-old Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. From Mike Trout to Manny Machado to Jose Fernandez, baseball is filled with emerging stars.
Put it this way: Mets ace Matt Harvey, who will start the All-Star game in his own ballpark at 24, is only the 12th-youngest player selected for the event.
"I think there are more good, young athletes who are playing baseball," Johnson said. "I think it's good for baseball to see all this good, young, healthy talent coming up. You can see it on every ballclub."
Johnson played at a time when many of baseball's greats were winding down. Baltimore teammate Brooks Robinson and fellow future Hall of Famers such as Hank Aaron, Harmon Killebrew and Al Kaline were closing out their careers.
That said, Johnson sees a spot for players slightly beyond rookie status.
"It's good to have veteran leadership, to be able to show the younger players how to do it on and off the field, especially on the road," he said. "But that leadership means a player still has to be producing."
For some former All-Star perennials — Derek Jeter, Manny Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez — it remains to be seen whether they can make a contribution in the majors in the second half.
|New England||2/1/15 5:30 PM|
|Milwaukee||54||2nd Qtr 2:08|
|New York||45||2nd Qtr 1:21|
|Denver||2||1st Qtr 10:19|
|Boston||2||2nd Prd 19:57|
|Arizona||0||1st Prd 5:18|
|Dallas||3||1st Prd 8:02|
|Detroit||1||1st Prd 5:29|
|Columbus||0||1st Prd 3:50|
|Boston Univ||37||2nd Half|
|Fla Atlantic||25||2nd Half|
|Youngstown St||22||2nd Half|
|East Tenn St||24||2nd Half 20:00|
|Saint Louis||24||2nd Half|
|USC Upstate||44||2nd Half|
|High Point||33||2nd Half|
|Central Conn St||31||2nd Half 15:17|
|Western Ky||23||2nd Half 19:30|
|Dayton||42||2nd Half 17:02|
|Chattanooga||26||2nd Half 18:50|
|Fair-Dickinson||28||2nd Half 20:00|
|Mount St Marys||27||2nd Half 20:00|
|Bryant||37||2nd Half 17:47|
|Northern Ky||27||2nd Half|
|Coll of Charleston||19||2nd Half|
|Western Carolina||40||2nd Half|
|Sacred Heart||33||2nd Half|
|Lipscomb||25||2nd Half 20:00|
|Fla Gulf Coast||37|
|Kennesaw St||23||2nd Half 20:00|
|Appalachian St||12||1st Half 6:17|
|Holy Cross||11||1st Half 6:30|
|Eastern Ill||19||1st Half 6:33|
|Jacksonville St||7:00 PM|
|Connecticut||0||1st Half 18:13|
|SIU Edwardsville||3||1st Half 18:17|
|SE Missouri St||1|
|Tenn Tech||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Middle Tennessee||7:00 PM|
|Weber State||7:00 PM|
|North Dakota St|
|IUPU-Ft Wayne||7:00 PM|
|Georgia State||7:15 PM|
|Ark-Little Rock||7:30 PM|
|Eastern Ky||8:00 PM|
|Idaho State||8:00 PM|
|Chicago State||8:05 PM|
|Utah Valley U|
|Cal Poly||9:00 PM|
|Santa Clara||9:00 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara||9:00 PM|
|Montana State||9:05 PM|
|Long Beach State||9:30 PM|
|Cal State Fullerton|
|Loyola Marymount||9:30 PM|
|San Francisco||10:00 PM|
|ULM||39||2nd Half 3:51|
|Pittsburgh||37||2nd Half 5:25|
|(6) Tennessee||25||2nd Half|
|(24) Oklahoma||35||2nd Half 18:54|
|Nebraska Omaha||30||2nd Half 17:48|
|Army||40||2nd Half 18:26|
|New Orleans||20||2nd Half|
|Towson||27||2nd Half 15:15|
|New Hampshire||24||2nd Half|
|Albany||39||2nd Half 20:00|
|UNC-Wilmington||33||2nd Half 15:58|
|William & Mary||43|
|(1) South Carolina||38|
|(23) Syracuse||30||2nd Half 18:23|
|Iona||38||2nd Half 16:54|
|Manhattan||15||2nd Half 18:32|
|NC State||39||2nd Half 16:44|
|(4) Notre Dame||43||2nd Half|
|(22) Rutgers||26||2nd Half 20:00|
|(5) Maryland||48||2nd Half|
|Milwaukee||26||2nd Half 20:00|
|Wright State||52||2nd Half 20:00|
|North Florida||20||2nd Half|
|Loyola-Maryland||28||2nd Half 15:23|
|Lamar||24||1st Half 8:32|
|Sam Houston St||19|
|Fla Gulf Coast||20||1st Half 6:06|
|(18) Miss State|
|Abilene Christian||7:00 PM|
|Incarnate Word||7:00 PM|
|McNeese State||7:00 PM|
|Oral Roberts||7:00 PM|
|South Dakota St|
|Louisiana Tech||7:00 PM|
|TX-San Antonio||7:00 PM|
|Grand Canyon||7:00 PM|
|(20) Iowa||7:00 PM|
|Texas-El Paso||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Utah Valley U||7:05 PM|
|Green Bay||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Ole Miss||8:00 PM|
|Portland State||8:00 PM|
|Sacramento St||8:00 PM|
|North Dakota||8:00 PM|
|Ohio State||8:00 PM|
|Northern Colorado||8:00 PM|
|St Marys-CA||9:00 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara|
|San Diego||9:00 PM|
|UC Davis||9:00 PM|
|Long Beach St||10:59 PM|