Taijuan Walker talks about his first MLB All-Star outing
New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker made his All-Star debut this week and he was ecstatic about the distinction and the All-Star game itself. The game is one of the most exciting experiences for any MLB player and Walker was only part of a chosen few.
Walker came into the game in the sixth frame when he struck out one batter but he also allowed a solo home run to Tampa Bay Rays star Mike Zunino. After an inning of performance, Walker spoke about his experience and how much being named an All-Star means to him as a pro baseball player.
The 28-year-old said, ‘The red carpet was fun, watching Pete [Alonso] win the Home Run Derby and just standing on the mound and listening to my family scream for me and cheer for me. Just being a part of it, having the All-Star on my back. It's pretty cool, just the whole experience of it’.
The importance of being an All-Star
It is a stellar time for any player because an All-Star nod means so much to players. After all, they’re being recognized for their talent and contributions to their team. It also helps them improve their standing among players in the MLB since there are only a few All-Stars every season.
If one is an All-Star, they’re instantly known as one of the best baseball players in the world. There are thousands of athletes around the world who want to be named to the All-Star game but only a few are named to the teams. Walker was one of those players in the 2021 season which is the first time since he made his debut back in 2013 when he played for the Seattle Mariners.
Walker has played for four teams in his career but his time with the Mets stands out. He just joined the team this season but it has already worked out for him after his time with the Toronto Blue Jays ended rather quickly. Now that he is on a two-year deal with the Mets, he has improved in every aspect of the game which is great timing for him and the team.
Walker is built for this
Walker was not known as a top talent for most of his pro career but it has worked out well for him in New York. With the Mets, he has thrived with how he pitches and he has found his groove there like never before with other teams.
Late into his stint with the Jays, he had some good performances but it was his Mets run that convinced people to help him in his All-Star bid. While Jacob deGrom’s exit played a big role with that, it’s still awesome to see fans pushing for Walker to be named as an All-Star since he’s having a stellar season from the start and he has stayed healthy.
Words: Cholo Martin