After being reduced to tears by his brother’s freak injury, the younger brother pitched his way to All-Star honors.
Back in March, the World Baseball Classic (WBC) had a player out for the season due to a freak injury. Puerto Rico had just beaten the Dominican Republic 5-2 in the first round, and Edwin Díaz, the closer, was drunk on victory and didn’t stop celebrating afterward. Diaz celebrated the victory by jumping around the mound. Little did he know that this would lead to tragedy.
Edwin Diaz suddenly collapsed and didn’t get back up. During his victory celebration, he injured his right knee. The injury was serious enough to require surgery, which meant he was out for the season. The New York Mets signed Edwin Diaz to a five-year, $120 million extension before the season, making him the most expensive reliever in franchise history, but he hasn’t pitched a single game this year.
Alexis Diaz, who played with his older brother Edwin on the Puerto Rican national team, was stunned by his brother’s sudden injury and even broke down in tears.
Now, four months later, Alexis Diaz has been honored with his first All-Star nod as the Cincinnati Reds’ closer. 안전사이트
After making his major league debut with Cincinnati last year, going 7-3 with a 1.84 ERA in 59 appearances and 63⅔ innings pitched, Alexis Diaz has fully established himself as Cincinnati’s closer this year, going 3-1 with a 2.13 ERA in 39 appearances and 24 innings pitched. In the bottom of the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals on Thursday, Alexis Diaz used a four-seam fastball that topped out at 95.3 mph (153 km/h) and a two-pitch arsenal of sliders to preserve a 3-2 lead and earn his 24th save of the season.
He is currently the National League’s saves leader and became the first Cincinnati reliever to earn an All-Star berth in eight years since Aroldis Chapman in 2015.
The first thing Alexis Diaz did when he found out he was named to the All-Star team was to call his brother Edwin. “I’m honored to be selected to the All-Star team,” Alexis Diaz said. I can’t wait to see what the ‘show’ is going to be like in Seattle,” said Alexis Diaz, expressing her excitement and anticipation at being named an All-Star.