Brandon Crawford notched an important first in his second-ever All-Star Game appearance on Tuesday.
The three-time defending Gold Glove winner started in the game for the first time in his eight-year career in the majors. Crawford finished with just over 3 million votes, and the fourth-most among the NL players that fans picked to start.
Crawford struck out in both of his plate appearances. He struck out swinging on the first, and looking on the second. Crawford's wife, Jalynne Crawford, was none too pleased with the strike zone on the evening.
Ball 4 🙄 pic.twitter.com/2TNmHeeyn1— Jalynne Crawford (@JalynneC35) July 18, 2018
He didn't see much action in the field, either. Crawford told NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy Gutierrez in a postgame interview he wasn't too upset he had a quiet night.
“I’m excited to be a part of it either way," Crawford said. "Even if I didn't even get in, it would be cool to be here."
"But I would like to get a ground ball. I would like to be involved somehow,” he added with a smile.
The Crawfords surely had a much better time with their four children, all of whom made the trip to the nation's capital.
“It's fun. They have no idea what's going on really," Crawford said of his children enjoying the All-Star festivities. "They see that everybody's excited so they get excited about it. That's kind of what makes it so fun.”
Crawford's NL may have lost 8-6 in extra innings to the AL, but Crawford left D.C. with bragging rights. In a trivia contest about his sister, Amy, Crawford bested her husband (and All-Star pitcher) Gerrit Cole.