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Former Loggers Scherzer, Sale look to add another chapter

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WXOW) - When you're an All-Star, you have a lot to smile about.

There's the attention from fans and media, the celebration of success in the first three months of the season, and the chance to hang out with the biggest stars in the game, this year at Target Field.

"You come off the plane with a smile and you just smile for three days straight," said Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer.

It also represents the journey, from humble beginnings at small town ballparks like La Crosse, to the fame and glory of the big leagues. For Scherzer and Chicago's Chris Sale, two former Loggers pitchers, it's still about enjoying the moment, and the game they love.

"I still enjoy it the same," said Sale, who pitched for La Crosse in 2008. "I have the same passion for the game. If you go talk to cap, my coach, Andy McKay, he'll tell you I had a little fire in me in La Crosse too, so not too much has changed."

Both pitchers have accomplished a lot in their pro careers. Scherzer is a two-time All-Star and Cy Young Award winner after playing for La Crosse in 2004.

Sale has been named to the All-Star team three times in five seasons.

Now that they're on the big stage, they have a chance to reflect, and relive their journey to the top.

"The talent that's around you you're in awe of," Scherzer said. "It's the guys who you've played with and against for so many years. You realize how good these guys are. There's a lot of talent in the Northwoods League, but something tells me there's a little more here."

Sale said he enjoys baseball now the way he used to.

"You know, it's a game. I mean you're talking about a game that I've played since I was four, five years old," he said.

On Tuesday they'll try and win home field advantage in the world series for the American League as teammates. Starting this weekend, they'll return to their clubs to try and add another chapter to their journey.

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