The Major League Baseball All-Star Game has just a litte more meaning this year for us here in Central New York.
It's special that in baseball, a game that we can only play a few months out of the year because of the harsh winters, we have two representatives from the region in the All-Star Game.
And they have two different stories.
Patrick Corbin and Jason Grilli may both be pitchers, and they're both mighty successful this year.
And that's about where the similarities end as far as their games are concerned.
Grilli, 36, is a closer for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rarely pitching more than one inning.
Corbin, 23, is a starter for the Arizona Diamondbacks and sports an 11-1 record this season.
Both though, are from Central New York. Corbin graduated from Cicero-North Syracuse High School and his family still lives in Clay.
Grilli is a Baldwinsville grad and his dad, Steve is famous in town for his stellar baseball career and for his establishment on the Northside Change of Pace.
But today, as you see in the picture tweeted out by Corbin, they represent our area at baseball's highest level.
Both are in the All-Star Game for the first time.
"It's still kind of being processed and like a polaroid picture its still being developed. You get the respect from your peers, and I've gotten a lot of that. I've had fathers come up to me and say you're an inspiration to my son, and to keep going. All those pep talks, if it means something to somebody then great. I'm not out there to try to prove anything to anybody, I just want to be a good ball player. This is helping that cause" Grilli said on Monday.
The All-Star Game starts at 8 p.m. on Fox, Tuesday.
If you're a baseball fan, check it out, and be proud of Central New York. Corbin and Grilli defying the odds and representing our region with pride as Central New Yorkers playing in the All-Star Game in New York City.