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Continued: Carew cherished each one of his 18 All-Star selections

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 11, 2014 - 6:44 AM

Ahead of Gibson?

“Gibby was just downright mean,” Carew said. “That’s why he had so much success. He didn’t believe in being friendly. As a player, you can appreciate that.”

In 1980, Carew stole second base on future Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench — one of the best defensive catchers ever — with flame-thrower J.R. Richard on the mound.

“It’s all about getting the jump,” Carew said. “You don’t have to be fast. I tell kids [to] watch pitchers, watch catchers. They both have weaknesses. If you can exploit those weaknesses, you can get away with it.”

Beyond his personal memories, Carew remembers how serious his peers treated the All-Star Game back then. Nobody, he said, viewed that game as an exhibition.

“It wasn’t about winning to get home-field advantage [for the World Series],” he said. “It was about winning to kick the National League’s fanny. We had meetings before the All-Star Game. The president of the American League [said], ‘Let’s go, we’ve got to beat those guys. That’s why we’re here.’ It was a game that we wanted to win.”



 

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