Winterport’s Mike Bordick had intended to spend the Major League Baseball All-Star break with his wife Monica and four children in the Rangeley area.
But when injuries sidelined a couple of all-stars, the Baltimore shortstop and former University of Maine star got the call from AL manager Joe Torre of the Yankees and became an all-star for the first time.
It took a terrific over-the-shoulder catch by St. Louis’ Jim Edmonds to rob pinch-hitter Bordick of an extra-base hit in his only at-bat during Tuesday’s 6-3 American League win over the NL stars at Atlanta’s Turner Field.
He didn’t get to play in the field.
“It was an incredible experience. It really was,” said Bordick Wednesday. “Just getting put on that team was an incredible honor. Obviously, I was very shocked when I heard the news [on the team bus Saturday night].
“I had a wonderful time. Every minute was special,” added Bordick, who is hitting .303 with a team-high 101 hits and a career-high 14 homers. He has 54 RBIs, 166 total bases and 21 doubles.
He said one of the highlights was having 6-year-old daughter Chandler with him during pre-game introductions. The players were able to bring their children.
“It was very special. She loved it. She had a good time,” said Bordick whose wife was in the crowd.
He said the experience was a “lot better” than he had anticipated.
Bordick said he thoroughly enjoyed getting the opportunity to talk to “all these incredible superstars who have been so good for the game for so long. Everbody was so laid back. We had a lot of fun talking about baseball and about certain players and what they’re doing now.
“I had a nice talk with [Cleveland’s] Travis Fryman about his family and what he’s been doing. It’s neat getting to know people on a more personal level. Every guy I talked to was a great guy,” added Bordick.
“I introduced myself to [former great] Dave Winfield and told him I dove for his 3,000th hit. I had no chance to get it but I wanted to be on the highlight film,” quipped the 34-year-old Bordick. “He told me he had been to Maine a long time ago. He wanted to get away and he really enjoyed it. He said he had some lobster.”
Bordick thought he had an extra-base hit when he put a charge into a Kevin Brown sinker.
“It felt good off the bat. I didn’t think Edmonds got a good jump on the ball but he made another great catch,” said Bordick, who played in the World Series as a rookie with Oakland in 1990.
“There’s a lot of the same feelings and same type of emotions. I never imagined going to the World Series in my first year. I never imagined being in the major leagues and then making it back the next year and staying. Now after playing a little while, I got this opportunity. It’s a little different type of feeling. I tend to reflect a little more now,” added Bordick.