As Ketel Marte stood on second base after his leadoff double in the third inning of Tuesday’s All-Star Game, Jose Berrios turned around on the pitcher’s mound and said something unusual to him: Thank you.
“He said thank you for getting a double, so he could face Javy Baez,” said shortstop Jorge Polanco, who was standing next to Marte. “He was happy to get to face him.”
That’s because Berrios and Baez are lifelong friends who grew up in the same small town — Bayamon, Puerto Rico — and wound up marrying sisters. So after Berrios struck out Ronald Acuna on an unhittable curveball, and caught Christian Yelich looking with a changeup, the brothers-in-law faced each other on a baseball diamond for the second time as professionals. For the second time as All-Stars.
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Twins pitcher Jose Berrios gets the better of brother-in-law Javy Baez in All-Star Game
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