Former Mets outfielder Cliff Floyd made the 2001 All-Star team as a Marlin, and he’s looking forward to watching baseball’s best take the field at Citi Field on Tuesday.
amNY spoke with Floyd, currently an analyst for MLB Network, to get his take on this year’s Midsummer Classic as well as his experience in ’01.
Who do you think should be the starting pitcher in the NL?
When you’re in New York City, it’s the biggest stage in the game and Matt Harvey is on a team like the Mets. ... For me, Matt Harvey, when you listen to what [Clayton] Kershaw said, and how people respect him around the game, I think [NL manager Bruce] Bochy is gonna put him in there for one inning.
As a former Met, what would it have meant to you to be able to play an All-Star Game in Queens?
I’d have gave everything for the opportunity. Like I said, it’s the biggest stage in the game.
Where were you when you found out you made the 2001 NL All-Star team?
Actually, I went through that whole debacle with Bobby [Valentine]. I think that I was sort of planning on going, then I wasn’t going, then I was sitting at home and found out I was going to the game. It’s surreal.
Should the All-Star Game determine home-field advantage in the World Series?
Never. This is nothing against Major League Baseball, it’s just my opinion on the fact that these players look for a few days to go enjoy themselves, have a blast at the All-Star Game, enjoy the festivities.