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Boone adds to family legacy
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07/06/2003  7:00 PM ET 
Boone adds to family legacy
Fourth player in family to get All-Star bid
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Aaron Boone is the fourth Boone to make the All-Star team, joining his grandfather Ray, father Bob and brother Bret. (AP Photo)
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    CINCINNATI -- Aaron Boone remembers his first visit to Chicago for an All-Star Game.

    It was 1983. The Midsummer Classic had returned to Comiskey Park, its first site, for its 50th anniversary. The 10-year-old Boone had accompanied his father, catcher Bob Boone, who was selected to the American League All-Star squad as a member of the then-California Angels.

    "When Fred Lynn hit the grand slam, I was there," Aaron Boone said, recalling that All-Star Game's most enduring moment.

    Aaron Boone recalled something else about that game.

    "I told him I'd be back in 20 years," the Cincinnati Reds' third baseman said. After a couple of reporters chuckled at this, Boone added, "I'm not joking."

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    Neither was the Chicago Cubs' Dusty Baker. The National League All-Star manager, in conjunction with Major League Baseball, named Boone on Sunday as one of three reserve position players for the league's 2003 All-Star Team. Instead of appearing at old Comiskey, Boone will perform at U.S. Cellular Field, the Chicago White Sox's current home, for the July 15 game.

    "It's one of those things that's very humbling," Boone said after Cincinnati's 7-5 loss to the New York Mets at Great American Ball Park. "Obviously, it's a huge honor ... It's awesome. I'm a little solemn now after a tough loss today and we're going through a tough time with the team, but it's something I'm really looking forward to."

    The Reds will have one All-Star representative for the third season in a row. Boone follows first baseman Sean Casey (2001) and outfielder Adam Dunn (2002).

    Brothers selected as All-Stars

    Sandy Alomar Jr. and Roberto Alomar
    Felipe and Matty Alou
    Ken and George Brett
    Mort and Walker Cooper
    Joe, Dom and Vince DiMaggio
    Lee and Marv Grissom
    Pedro and Ramon Martinez
    Carlos and Lee May
    Joe and Phil Niekro
    Carlos and Pascual Perez
    Jim and Gaylord Perry
    Joe and Luke Sewell
    Dixie and Harry Walker

    "It's a tough call on our club, because a lot of guys could have gotten it," said Bob Boone, the Reds' manager. "I wish everybody was doing a little better so we could send multiple guys."

    Dunn (24 home runs), Austin Kearns (58 RBIs), Jose Guillen (.350, 17 home runs) and Scott Williamson (20 saves) also were apparent candidates.

    "With our team, we had four or five guys who were on that bubble, myself included," Aaron Boone said. "Certainly Jose was our MVP and I would have liked to see him get rewarded."

    Guillen insisted he wasn't disappointed. "I get to go home (to the Dominican Republic) and see my family," he said. "I'm happy either way. He (Boone) deserves it. He plays hard and he plays every day. At least I've shown everybody I can still be an everyday player. I appreciate the Cincinnati Reds for the opportunity to let me play."

    Father and Son All-Stars

    Sandy Alomar (sons Sandy Alomar Jr. and Roberto)
    Felipe Alou (Moises)
    Gus Bell (Buddy)
    Ray Boone (Bob)
    Bob Boone (Bret and Aaron)
    Bobby Bonds (Barry)
    Ken Griffey Sr. (Ken Jr.)
    Jim Hegan (Mike)
    Randy Hundley (Todd)
    Vern Law (Vance)

    Boone has distinguished himself in various ways, not just by hitting .267 with 15 homers, 51 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. He has won the Pepsi National League Player of the Week award twice (May 5-11 and June 9-15), becoming the first Red to bag two of those honors in the same season since Eric Davis in 1987.

    He began the season as Cincinnati's second baseman, moving there from third base in an attempt to bolster the Reds' offense and quicken their up-the-middle defense. Boone performed capably at second, starting the season's first 19 games there, but returned to his old position after the Reds optioned third baseman Brandon Larson to Triple-A Louisville on April 19. Boone also has started three games at shortstop.

    Of course, Boone always will be marked by his family ties. He and Bret Boone, Seattle's All-Star second baseman, now become the 14th set of brothers to be selected as All-Stars, and only the eighth in the same year. The last pair were Sandy Alomar Jr. and Roberto Alomar in 1998.

    Aaron Boone also becomes the 12th player whose father also was an All-Star. Bret (1998 with Cincinnati and 2001 with Seattle) preceded him in this distinction, as did Bob Boone -- a four-time All-Star (1976, '78-79, '83) -- who sustained the heritage of his father, former infielder Ray Boone, an AL All-Star in 1954 and '56 with Detroit.

    "I'm very proud of Aaron," said Bob Boone, adding that he hadn't planned on attending the game but might try now that two of his sons have a chance to participate.

    Sharing the All-Star spotlight with Bret enhanced the thrill for Aaron. "It's pretty special," he said. "The fact that he and his family will be there, and with never getting to see them during the year -- hopefully it'll be a fun couple of days for us."

    Such thoughts led Aaron to recall the 1979 All-Star Game at Seattle, another event that Bret and Aaron attended while tagging along with Dad, then Philadelphia's standout catcher. "We really had fun, running around the field," Aaron Boone said.

    Now, history can repeat itself.

    Chris Haft is a reporter for This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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