Uggla shrugs off ugly night

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Even after watching his son become the first player in the 75-year history of the All-Star Game to commit three errors, the worst wasn't over for John Uggla.

On the long, slow walk down the Yankee Stadium ramps around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, as the remnants of the sellout crowd headed for the exits, he had to endure more than a few Bronx cheers.

After all, the father of Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla was easy to pick out in the crowd with his Uggla jersey.

“We had a lot of condolences as we were leaving,” he said.

Louisville native Dan Uggla played 10 innings, which would have been expected to produce nothing but joy for his dad, who grew up watching Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford play at Yankee Stadium.

But Uggla had a night of unprecedented futility. No one had made more than two errors in the All-Star Game until Uggla did so Tuesday night in the American League's 4-3, 15-inning victory. He also went 0-for-4 at the plate with three strikeouts.

In the 10th, he came to bat with runners at first and third, giving him a chance to put the National League ahead. But Uggla grounded into a double play.

In the bottom of the inning, he failed to handle two straight grounders, helping to create a bases-loaded, no-out jam.

Uggla said it would have no lasting effects on him.

“It was just the way it went tonight,” he said. “You can't do anything about it. ... I still had a lot of fun, and I wouldn't trade this experience for anything.”