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You could say Mark Melancon was driven to be an All-Star.
The Pittsburgh Pirates reliever learned Saturday he was selected as a National League replacement after teammate Jeff Locke got hurt. Melancon took a decidedly non-chic route to Citi Field.
''I rented a minivan, and my wife and I and my parents drove,'' he said Monday.
His parents flew to Pittsburgh from Colorado when they found out Melancon had earned the honor, giving the Pirates five All-Stars for the first time since they were defending World Series champions in 1972.
Melancon needed 14 tickets in all for family and friends - each player gets six for free under baseball's labor contract and pays for the rest.
But while most All-Stars jet in, Melancon got to see Interstate 80 from the minivan along with his parents.
''My parents picked it up when they arrived at the airport, when they flew in,'' he said. ''They got packed up and they came to the game, and we took off from the stadium.''
His father drove, while he and wife Mary Catherine were passengers along with their nearly 2-year-old daughter Brooklyn and his mom.
The 380-mile drive takes about six hours, and they arrived in Manhattan about midnight.
''We talked, and I got some good quality family time,'' Melancon said.
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Mark Melancon has been one of the NL’s best relief pitchers in 2013. (Photo by: David Hague)
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Stick this in the “One That Got Away” file.
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