MINNEAPOLIS -- Marlins skipper Mike Redmond never got to play in All-Star Game, but he's getting a chance to participate in one because he's pitching to Giancarlo Stanton in tonight's Home Run Derby.
"I'm not nervous. I'm excited. As we get closer to it I'll probably get a little nervous. I'm just more nervous and excited for G," Redmond said. "I want him to go out there and do well. If anything I want to be a part of it and help him out. It's fun. This is an amazing spectacle."
Stanton said he considered picking his father to pitch to him in the derby, but said he hadn't done so in about a dozen years. So he went with Redmond because of familiarity.
"I know what he wants but at the same time, too, it's him being patient and getting his pitch to hit," Redmond said "There's a lot that goes into it. He'll be fine. It'll be fun. At the end of the day it's about enjoying it and having fun. He shouldn't feel pressure and just go out there and do the best you can."
Monday's derby is an opportunity for fans across the country who only get snippet of Stanton highlights on SportsCenter to get a good luck at the 24-year old slugger. He's certainly never played on a stage this big.
"We're so lucky to get a chance to see him play and the things he's able to do," Redmond said. "It would be tremendous for him to do it on the big stage. That's what it's all about."
Redmond had plans to head home to Seattle, but talked his wife and kids into meeting him in Minneapolis. "We're going to enjoy the day as a family," he said ."Got my kids on the field, so they get to meet all the guys. They're having a blast. I haven't even seen them that much they've been all over the place."
Redmond said he'll be taking a red-eye flight back to Miami from Seattle on Friday so he can spend the rest of the All-Star break with his family.
"I get a little bit of both worlds," he said. "I get to watch my kids little league games and throw some BP in the Home Run Derby. This is what it's all about."