WASHINGTON D.C.- Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola is an All-Star for the first time in his four-year career. The right-hander is 12-3 with a 2.30 ERA in 20 starts, and a big reason why Philadelphia is in first place in the NL East. Nola will make his Midsummer Classic debut tonight in Washington, a stadium he is familiar with although usually as the enemy.
He took some time to talk with NY Sports Day on Tuesday afternoon.
NYSD: What is it like being here for the first time?
AN: It’s cool, man. It’s a special moment. I’ve always followed the All-Star Game and finally get to be a part of it, it’s pretty special and memorable for me and something I’m trying to take everything in because it’s going by really quick. I get to meet a lot of the guys, it’s pretty cool to be in the same clubhouse and the dugout with some of the best is pretty cool.
NYSD: What is it like seeing these guys up close in your own clubhouse now instead of facing you?
AN: There’s a difference, man. I mean, they’re all nice guys. I see what they do across the diamond against us and different teams and on TV. And they’re all here for a reason and it’s gonna be pretty cool when we step out on the field together.
NYSD: Is there anybody you’re looking forward to face from the AL?
AN: Not really. Maybe Bregman. Hopefully I get to maybe face him.
NYSD: Do you expect to get a nice hand from the Washington crowd?
AN: I’m not sure. I don’t know (laughing).
NYSD: Has being in first place added more fun to this?
AN: Maybe. I’m not sure. I mean, we’re on their side in the National League at home, but I’m also on the Phillies, so I don’t think they like anyone else besides other Nats.