SAN DIEGO -- He may be in his eighth season in the Majors, but Huston Street's upcoming trip to the first All-Star Game of his career has the veteran feeling like a rookie again.
"I'm mostly just like ... am I going to be prepared? There's so many festivities, there's so many events ... I just want to make sure I do everything right," Street said. "This is something I've been looking forward to my whole life."
The closer has certainly put together All-Star-caliber seasons many times in his career. The 2005 AL Rookie of the Year, Street has finished a season in the top 10 in saves in both the American and National Leagues (with Oakland and Colorado), and his 191 career saves are the 10th most among active players.
But while his track record might suggest that the 28-year-old was due for an appearance at the Midsummer Classic, Street's family didn't seem to think this year -- a year in which the righty has gone 13 for 13 in save opportunities and struck out 30 batters in 23 innings -- was the year he'd be making the trip.
"One of my little brothers is on vacation -- I told him that was poor planning. Like, you didn't pencil this in?" Street said. "He was like, 'Seven years straight and now I'm finally playing in it, sweet.' But everybody that can make it is going to try to make it."
Padres manager Bud Black was surprised to hear that his closer hadn't been an All-Star yet.
"When I told [Huston] he had made the All-Star team, I guess I should have known he hadn't made one," Black said. "I thought he'd made some, to the point where I think I voted for him a couple times ... I think his career work is indicative of All-Star stuff."
And while it's clear that his everyday manager believes his closer is deserving of the All-Star nod, Street said that NL All-Star manager and future Hall-of-Famer Tony La Russa believed him a worthy candidate might be the most humbling part of the honor.
"Tony is one of the best managers of all-time ... to me that is one of the biggest honors in itself -- to be able to say that I was managed by Tony La Russa," Street said. "Talking to guys that played for him, it's something special. ... The fact that he chose me to be on the team is even more special."