BURBANK ? In just his second full season in the big leagues, Freddy Sanchez got the chance to do something most players never experience.
On Tuesday, the Burbank High graduate suited up for the National League team in the 77th Major League Baseball Game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Sanchez's squad lost the game, 3-2, as the American League secured home-field advantage for the World Series.
Sanchez, 28 ? a 1996 Burbank graduate ? is a third baseman with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Sanchez proved popular with the public, as he led all Major League players with 856,685 write-in votes.
In front of the hometown crowd, Sanchez received a standing ovation during the pregame player introductions.
He got into the game in the fifth and played five innings. Although he went hitless in two at-bats, he did show off his fine defensive skills with three assists and two putouts, playing shortstop and second base