All-Star Game backdrop for Boone family reunion

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 17, 2003

CHICAGO - The All-Star game is doubling as a family reunion for the Boone family.

Seattle Mariners second baseman Bret Boone and younger brother Aaron, the third baseman for the Cincinnati Reds, were both chosen for the All-Star game this year. So the rest of the family came along for the show.

There are grandparents here, parents, aunts and uncles, cousins and children - not to mention various friends.

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''Having played in one and having experienced all the things that happened, I'm excited for them to experience the same thing,'' said Bob Boone, Bret and Aaron's father, and the manager of the Reds.

''And I get to watch.''

Aaron and Bret Boone are the 14th set of brothers to become All-Stars, and their family is the first to send three generations to the midsummer classic. Bob Boone made four All-Star teams, and his father, Ray, was a two-time All-Star.

Bob and Ray wandered around the field during batting practice before Tuesday night's game, and the three generations got together for a family photo before the game.

''Oh, man,'' Ray said, a big grin crossing his face. ''Anybody that's not proud in this situation, there's something wrong with them.''

Asked who he'd be rooting for, Ray Boone said he just wanted both grandsons to get a hit.