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Ben Zobrist, Matt Moore mixed up in All-Star Game introductions

Imagine being 24, in your third MLB season, and getting the huge honor of being named to the All-Star team for the first time in your career. That’s a big deal. Unfortunately for Matt Moore, his moment of fame was botched when Joe Buck accidentally got the two Tampa Bay Rays all-stars mixed up during introductions.

Moore appeared first on first base line, but was introduced as his teammate, Ben Zobrist. Next up was Zobrist who, you guessed it, was introduced as Moore.

Moore had a “what just happened” look on his face (seen below), while Zobrist was just laughing about the mistake.

Matt Moore

Rays fan Timothy Burke points out that this was not the first time Zobrist was misidentified in an All-Star Game. There was a mistake in a graphic during his first All-Star Game appearance in 2009 when Jason Barlett was misidentified as Zobrist:

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Rays lose on disputed strike call on Ben Zobrist (Video)

The Tampa Bay Rays lost to the Texas Rangers 5-4 Monday on a dispute strike called on Ben Zobrist to end the game.

The count was full as Joe Nathan was facing Zobrist with a man on first and two outs in the top of the ninth. Nathan threw a breaking ball that dipped down and appeared to tail out of the strike zone. Home plate umpire Marty Foster thought it was a strike and called out Zobrist to end the game.

Rays manager Joe Maddon couldn’t believe the call. He came running out of the dugout to plead with Foster as the fireworks went off at the Ballpark in Arlington. He got in the umpire’s face, but it was no use. Nathan was credited for his 300th career save, and all Maddon could do was vent after the game.

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