Uehara 'so nervous' during first All-Star Game

Uehara 'so nervous' during first All-Star Game
July 16, 2014, 1:15 am
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To be a closer in Major League Baseball, you have to be able to handle a significant amount of pressure.

Red Sox closer Koji Uehara did just that in the 2013 World Series, closing out the final game in the series.

During Tuesday night's All-Star game, the 39-year old closer wanted nothing to do with pitching in the ninth inning. 

"I asked the manager not to be in that kind of situation," Uehara told reporters.

Uehara did get into his first career All-Star Game, striking out Deven Mesoraco in the sixth inning.

"I wasn't able to enjoy it," Uehara said through an interpreter. "I was so nervous."

American League Manager John Farrell is familiar with his closer, and knew he would get the job done.

"Against a star studded lineup," said Farrell. "Koji does what he has done so much, and that's come in and get a key strikeout."