CHICAGO -- Even though Aaron Boone was anticipating writer's cramp, he didn't expect to get a headache from the All-Star Game.
"I was completely warned about the autograph room but it was overwhelming," said Boone, the Cincinnati Reds infielder. "I just got so tired and got a headache that I had to quit about 45 minutes into it -- it was that bad. I said I have to take a blow here. I have to go back and finish it."
Among the items are 60 dozen baseballs -- that's 720 -- plus at least 200 other items, including bats, jerseys, workout tops, home plates and gloves.
"There are huge tables and thousands of baseballs," Boone said. "So far, it's been a lot of fun."
Boone did pinch-hit in the eighth inning and flew out to right. He stayed in the game at third base.
The All-Star experience only got better for Boone, who was playing in his first such game.
"For the most part, I know everyone," Boone said about mingling with the National League players. "There's a couple guys, even more so today that I was able to kind of strengthen the relationship and get to know them more."
Sitting in the dugout also will be a treat and a chance to pick other players' brains. For a day, Boone is teammates with such superstars as Barry Bonds and Albert Pujols.
"There's been a lot of that," Boone said of the conversations. "That's what I always felt was one of the great things about being a Major League player is the people you meet and the relationships you develop. That's truly one of the rewarding parts."
It was quite a family affair. Aaron's older brother, Seattle Mariners second baseman Bret Boone, was on the American League team. They had a cheering section at U.S. Cellular Field that included grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and children -- plus friends.
"Having played in one and having experienced all the things that happened, I'm excited for them to experience the same thing," said Bob Boone, Bret and Aaron's father and the manager of the Reds. "And I get to watch."
Aaron and Bret are the 14th set of brothers to become All-Stars, and their family is the first to send three generations to the midsummer classic. Bob Boone made four All-Star teams, and his father, Ray, was a two-time All-Star.
The three generations posed for a family photo before the game.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.