SAN DIEGO -- Addison Russell had a pretty unique view in his first All-Star Game on Tuesday night.
As he looked around the infield, the Cubs shortstop was surrounded only by his own teammates. For only the second time in baseball history and the first since 1963, the Cubs fielded the entire starting infield for the National League squad, which lost to the American League 4-2 in front of 42,386 at Petco Park. Kris Bryant started at third, Ben Zobrist was at second and Anthony Rizzo started at first.
“It’s pretty special,” Russell said. “Just to be at an All-Star Game and see them on this type of stage, on this day with all of us here together is special.
“We worked really hard to get to this point.”
Russell batted twice and went 0-for-2. He put a nice swing on a 94-mph fastball from Cole Hamels in the third inning, but flew out to the warning track in center despite a nice sound off his bat.
Russell also grounded into a fielder’s choice off Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez in the fourth inning.
One of seven Cubs to make the All-Star Game, Russell was one of 34 first-time All-Stars along with teammate Dexter Fowler and White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana.
Before the game, Russell said one of his biggest goals of the All-Star extravaganza was to meet Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz, who plans to retire after this season and likely played in his 10th and final All-Star Game.
“It’s pretty cool being in my first All-Star Game and he’s in his last,” Russell said. “I can tell my children some day about this. It’s generational. I’m trying to soak it in and chalk it up as a valuable experience.”
Tuesday’s game marked only the second time in All-Star history that four Cubs started a game together along with 1936. The 1963 St. Louis Cardinals are the only other team to boast an entire starting infield. That group featured Bill White at first, Julian Javier at second base, shortstop Dick Groat and third baseman Ken Boyer.