Halladay, Howard (and Utley) are named NL All-Stars
Roy Halladay's seventh All-Star Game will be his first on the NL side... and with the Phillies.
The first-year Phils ace was named to the NL roster today for the Midsummer Classic, which will take place at Angels Stadium on July 13 (a week from Tuesday). Ryan Howard will join Halladay.
Chase Utley was voted in to start for the fifth straight time (which would have set a Phillies record) but will obviously not play with his thumb injury. Atlanta's Martin Prado will start in Utley's place.
Halladay is 9-7 with a 2.42 ERA (6th in the NL) in 17 starts this season.
He called the first half "challenging" given the never-ending injuries the team has suffered.
"But as far as attitude and overcoming the stuff we've had (to deal with), it's been better than any other team I've been on," Halladay said.
Halladay said his favorite part of the All-Star Game is watching his two sons, Braden and Ryan, mingle with the best players in the game.
"They get to come in the clubhouse and see all the players," Halladay said. "I know Derek Jeter came up and talked to my son a couple of years ago and that's something he'll remember for the rest of his life."
Halladay will also have the chance to take his kids to Disney Land - right up the road from Angels Stadium - if he wants.
None of the Phillies (read: Jayson Werth) were listed on the "Final Vote" ballot, which gives five players a chance to get voted in by fans in the next week. Closers Billy Wagner of Atlanta and Heath Bell of San Diego are on the final five, along with Cincy 1B Joey Votto, Colorado OF Carlos Gonzalez and Washington 3B Ryan Zimmerman.