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Hawpe's All-Star glory gets robbed at wall

Hawpe's All-Star glory gets robbed at wall

The Rockies' Brad Hawpe made a loud, if ultimately unrewarded, All-Star debut for the National League at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night.

With the game tied at 3, Hawpe opened the bottom of the seventh with a drive to deep left field that would have landed in the bullpen. However, Rays outfielder Carl Crawford leaped to rob the Rockies star.

The American League took the lead in the top of the eighth and won, 4-3, so the Hawpe drive, against Red Sox right-hander Jonathan Papelbon, was pivotal. The catch earned Crawford the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award.

Hawpe, who entered in right field in the fifth inning, struck out looking against the Yankees' Mariano Rivera for the second out in the bottom of the ninth. The Rockies also sent right-handed pitcher Jason Marquis, who didn't appear but did receive a warm response. Marquis pitched for the Cardinals from 2004-06.

"It was a good catch, obviously, especially a catch at the wall," Hawpe said. "For an outfielder to jump up there, what a catch.

"It was a fastball, a first-pitch fastball. I knew he had a good fastball, and I knew he was going to throw strikes. I just went up there looking for something in the middle of the field."

Even the at-bat against Rivera, which included Hawpe being tied in knots by an inside cutter for the second strike, was a thrill.

"What a treat," he said of facing a future Hall of Famer in a key All-Star at-bat. "I talked to [Miguel Tejada] before, and he said about the cutters that if it looks like it's going to be a strike, it's not.  He's obviously unbelievable."

Being honored in his old stomping grounds was special for Marquis, whose 11 victories lead the NL and are tied for the Major League lead.

"I've had a blast, enjoyed every minute of it from the time we got in to right now," said Marquis, also a first-time All-Star. "Last night the Home Run Derby was exciting. I mean you always see it on TV with guys sitting around with their families, and it was a blast to get to do that.

"I think [the best part is] just getting to be around all the guys and just to be a part of something special and be recognized as one of the better players in the game for what you've done so far this year. Just to talk shop with these guys and start a relationship with guys you might not otherwise have an opportunity to."

Hawpe took the experience as a way of making new friends.

"I've been with the Rockies my whole career, and that's great," Hawpe said. "But this gives me the opportunity to meet a lot of different people in both leagues."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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