PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 08: Starting pitcher Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers a pitch during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park on July 8, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
In a not-at-all-shocking turn of events, Roy Halladay got the nod as the starting pitcher for the National League in Tuesday's All-Star Game, according to the very loquacious Matt Gelb of The Inquirer.
This marks the second time in Doc's career that he has been tabbed as the starting pitcher in the Midsummer Classic, the last time was in 2009, when he took the mound for the A.L. All-Stars as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.
National League manager Bruce Bochy had a bunch of really good options to choose from -- Cliff Lee, Clayton Kershaw and Tim Lincecum (and none of those would have been a bad choice) -- but it’s a really cool thing to get to see a Phillie get the nod as the starter in the All-Star Game. Even though it doesn’t really mean anything.*