For the first time since 2011, the Brevard County Manatees had a participant in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Manatees starting pitcher Jorge Lopez represented the Milwaukee Brewers as a member of the World Team at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn. Though the World fell to Team USA, 3-2, Lopez was effective in his brief outing and from all we can tell, he had a lot of fun with the whole experience. Take a look and a listen to Lopez’s Futures Game experience.
The day Lopez learned that he had been selected to participate in the Futures Game, he discussed his emotions with the Manatees Radio Network:
Before a pitch was even thrown at Target Field, Lopez received an outpouring of support from several Manatees teammates (in both English and Spanish):
He’s in the game
Lopez only faced one batter in the bottom of the eighth inning, but he did his job. The ‘Tees starter retired fellow Florida State Leaguer J.P. Crawford, of the Clearwater Threshers, on a ground out to second base.
Taking in the experience
After the game was over, Lopez enjoyed a scenic bicycle ride through the streets of Minneapolis.
Lopez discusses his Futures Game experience