As part of a four-part series to shamelessly fill space during away games let you hear from the Thunder’s four All-Stars, here’s what Austin Jackson had to say about being selected to play in the Eastern League All-Star Game, followed by manager Tony Franklin’s thoughts on Jackson.
“I’m excited. I didn’t really feel like I played as well as I could have, but it’s a great honor, you know. I’m excited, I feel good about it.”
“I had (a previous All-Star appearance) in Charleston in ’06. That was fun. It was my first time making the All-Star team in pro ball, and it was fun. They treated us like big leaguers, pretty much. It was in Cleveland, and we got to go watch the Indians game. They treated us really nice, it was fun. It was a good atmosphere.”
“That’s a goal pretty much every season, you want to try to make the All-Star team. I think everybody will tell you that, it’s one of the goals that you set. If you make it, that’s good. If you don’t, you’ve just got to keep striving to make it next year.”
“When you put those numbers on your guys in the organization, you certainly expect for them to produce. And he certainly has done that. I think he’s lived up to his billing. There’s always some speculation as to whether some of these youngsters are going to live up to the billing, but I think he’s lived up to the billing. I think he’s going to continue to get better. He’s a very young guy in terms of baseball experience, and this is his first year at this level. And to play as well as he’s been playing, I think it’s pretty good. They’re not numbers that will make you go, ‘Oh my God,’ but you look at his numbers and I think they’re extremely competitive with what’s happening in the league and where he is in terms of experience in the league. And he’s certainly going to get better. He’s certainly going to get better at what he does. The talent is there. And because the talent is there, the guy’s got a shot at the big leagues. I think some time soon, if he continues to go the way he’s going.”
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