A childhood dream has come true for St. Petersburg College baseball star Bryan LaHair. The Chicago Cubs first baseman has been selected for the National League All-Star roster, which includes some of the biggest names in baseball, the Tampa Bay Times reported this weekend.
The game is Tuesday, July 10, in Kansas City.
“It gives you chills,” LaHair said Sunday in Chicago. “You get a chance to quickly reflect, and I’m sure I’ll reflect more later on, but you think about all the work you put in and the adversity you’ve been through and the different adventures you’ve had along the way to get your first opportunity in the big leagues, and now an All-Star Game is just incredible.”
The report said LaHair was “one of the most unexpected selected.”
He was voted to the National League team by the players as a reserve.
In 2002, LaHair played at SPC. A 39th-round pick by Seattle, he spent most of the next nine years in the minors. He’s getting his first legitimate chance to play regularly this season, according to the article. In the season’s first six weeks, he hit .365 with nine homers and 20 RBIs.
LaHair came to SPC from Clemson and played for the Titans along with current Angels catcher Bobby Wilson. Former Titans baseball coach Dave Pano, now a minor-league coach with the Jays, said in another Times article that 2002 team was “probably the best team I had overall.”
LaHair is the second former SPC player to be named an All-Star. Howard Johnson attended the college and went on to play for the Detroit Tigers, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs.