While most of professional baseball will take a break next week for the annual MLB All-Star Game and festivities, set for Cincinnati, Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson won't be among those with a few days off.
He'll be in the starting lineup for the National League along with Giants catcher Buster Posey. The team will be managed by the Giants Bruce Bochy.
Pederson will be in Cincinnati, along with at least three of his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates, after being named to the National League team as a reserve.
On Sunday, Pederson was tabbed to replace Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday in the starting lineup.
Pederson is the first Dodgers rookie All-Star since pitcher Hideo Nomo in 1995.
Pederson said his first All-Star nod was "extremely humbling" and "something I dreamed about as a kid."
Pederson was a player selection, fourth among NL outfielders with 365 votes, behind elected starters Bryce Harper (680 votes) and Giancarlo Stanton (626), and Andrew McCutchen (421).
Pederson said it was an honor to be selected by the players.
"It shows they respect the way I play the game," he said. "It's a big honor, that stuff doesn't go unnoticed. I appreciate everybody that voted for me."
Pederson, who is batting .230 with 20 home runs and 40 RBI entering action Sunday, told True Blue LA that he found out about his all-star status in an unusual way.
"Andrew (Friedman, Dodgers president of baseball operations) came up to me and said, 'Don wants to talk to you in the office,' and usually that's not a good sign," Pederson said, laughing. "But when I got in there, the mood changed real quick."
Pederson is tied for fifth in the NL with 20 home runs, and said he would participate in the Home Run Derby if asked. He said he was also approached a few weeks ago about possibly participating, but wanted to see if he made the roster first.
"I think that's the only reason I was picked for the All-Star team because I have some homers," Pederson said. "I think it would be really fun."
Pederson said if he gets picked for the Home Run Derby he would have Dodgers Triple-A coach Johhny Washington pitch to him. Washington was Pederson's hitting coach at rookie-level Ogden in 2011.