MIAMI (AP) -Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez is going to his first All-Star game.
Gonzalez received a phone call from St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa on Friday, asking if he was available as coach for the National League next month.
``I'm excited. It's not every day you get a chance to go to the All-Star game,'' Gonzalez said. ``You may never get another opportunity, you know.''
Gonzalez will replace New York Mets manager Willie Randolph, who will undergo shoulder surgery. The game is July 10 in San Francisco.
Gonzalez said La Russa - the NL manager - told him that he'd paid his dues in the minor leagues and deserved the perk.
``I'm looking forward to it,'' said Gonzalez, who will take his 13-year-old son, Alex, with him. ``I was going to go home and hang out for three days, but now I can take my son to the All-Star game.''

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