ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins won't have to scramble to get to his first All-Star Game. The madness will come to him.
That's the benefit of the Twins playing the Yankees in New York this weekend. Perkins and catcher Joe Mauer do not have travel late Sunday, after playing, to get to their destination. The festivities will take place in nearby Queens at the Mets' Citi Field.
"Joe mentioned how busy things get those first couple of days so it'll be nice to be there already," Perkins said. "It's pretty easy for me. My family's coming to meet me on Sunday. Everyone's excited."
Perkins hopes to throw to his teammate, but realizes that would be a delicate needle to thread considering the limited innings American League manager Jim Leyland has to deploy an expanded roster.
"One of my favorite things is spending Sundays at home on the field with my kids," he said. "They might not really get what's going on, but that'll be something they can watch later and enjoy. That's going to be cool."