SAN DIEGO -- It was sometimes easy to forget that there were other members of the Red Sox at the 87th All-Star Game other than David Ortiz.
But there were.
Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. all started the game with Ortiz. And while Ortiz went without a hit in the American League's 4-2 win over the National League at Petco Park, the other three fared much better.
Betts produced a single up the middle in the second inning and came around to score. Bogaerts lashed a double to left in the third and Bradley had two hits -- a squibbler up the third base line in his first at-bat and a single through the shortstop hole in his next plate appearance.
"It was great,'' said Bradley summing up his experience. "It was something you can hold onto forever. It was a special time with a lot of special players on the field. I got to enjoy it and hang out with them. I soaked up plenty. I enjoyed every single moment while I've been here. It's been an amazing city, I had amazing teammates. Everything turned out perfect and I don't have any regrets.''
Bradley took some good-natured ribbing from teammate Betts over his first hit, which traveled no more than 40 feet. He made the standard player joke that the single would look like a line drive in tomorrow's box score.
"That's what I like to think it was,'' said Bradley laughing. "Oh, man I really got a hold of that one.''
Added Betts of the experience: "It was fun. I was kind of nervous at first, which I guess you expect, but it eventually went away and I enjoyed it. I had a ton of fun. Obviously, I want to do it more. But for my first one, I definitely enjoyed it.''
Of his single off Johnny Cueto in the second, Betts recalled that he expected Cueto to be aggressive and throw strikes early in the count.
Even Wright, who was designated as the A.L.'s extra-inning pitcher, didn't mind that he didn't get into the game.
"Obviously, everybody wants to pitch,'' admitted Wright, "but they told me my role and that was my role. You've got to respect the fact that they were truthful. When I came here, they told me what was going to happen and that's exactly what happened. I just enjoyed the moment. It was such an awesome experience to come here and enjoy the time with these guys. You don't get a chance to do this every year.''