Freddy Sanchez joins Players Talk this week and discusses being traded from the Boston Red Sox, overcoming a physical disability as a child, and the experience of representing his team in the All-Star Game for the second straight year.
After a 2006 season in which he won the National League batting crown, Sanchez moved from the hot corner back to his natural position at second base. He finished the first half batting .296 with two home runs and 32 RBIs.
The Hollywood, Calif., native says that although it was great to return to the All-Star Game, nothing can beat the experience of representing the Pirates in last year's Midseason Classic in Pittsburgh.
"That game was one of the best experiences I've had in my baseball career," Sanchez remembers. "The ovation that I received from the fans, having it in our beautiful ballpark in front of the hometown fans was an honor for me and it was a lot of fun."
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