"Obviously pitching in front of the Buffalo fans is a huge honor for me," Matt Harvey said. "The fans here are great so I'm sure they get a good roar out when I make my way to the mound."
The two pitchers who dominate as a starter and closer respectively for the Bisons get ready to put themselves in a routine for the All-Star festivities, especially during the All-Star Game itself.
To be selected to the IL All-Star team is something special for both Harvey and Cabrera to cherish, but to be able to play in front of the home crowd at Buffalo is even more of an honor.
"Being on the All-Star team is wonderful opportunity, Fernando Cabrera said. "It's good to be in the front of the home crowd."
Both Cabrera and Harvey have a deep appreciation for Buffalo fans doing their part to vote them in during online voting in May. And to have three Bisons (including Valentino Pascucci) on the team could give the IL the home-field advantage during the game.
With the seasons both of these pitchers are having, it makes sense to let them participate in the special event.
"It's a huge honor for me," Harvey added. "I worked really hard to get to this point."
Harvey's numbers since June are incredible. Of the five starts Harvey has pitched since June 14, the righty has pitched in 39 innings and struck out 46.
As for Cabrera, he has notched 16 saves in 18 opportunities to post a 3.46 ERA. In the process, the closer has struck out 34 batters in 41.2 innings pitched.
Cabrera had nothing but praise and enjoyment for Harvey and as well mentioned Val Pascucci participation and a well-deserved chance to be part of the festivities.
"I'm proud (Matt) Harvey making it to the All-Star game," Cabrera added. He has a lot of promise in the (Mets) organization so having this chance to part of the event is good for Matt."
Harvey was likewise for Cabrera, who says is always lights out. Not to mention, closes games out with style.
"Cabrera is a big part of our effort to win every game he has a chance at a save," Harvey added. "I'm proud to share this moment with my fellow teammate."
Cabrera will make his third All-Star appearance on Wednesday. The righty closer, who was selected to the IL All-Star team back in 2005 when he was with Buffalo as well and 2009 when he was with Pawtucket, knows the ins and outs of this one time show but always seems to have a different feel for it.
"It's a different feeling especially since this is the first time I'll be in the All-Star game pitching in front of the home fans," Cabrera added. "I get chills thinking about it because I didn't have a chance to play in front of the home crowd in my past two appearances."
As for Harvey, the righty starter sees this as one step closer to his dream of pitching in the major leagues, which could very well happen soon after the All-Star break ends.
No matter what, Cabrera and Harvey both give great thanks have this opportunity to represent the Bisons in front of their home crowd on such a special day.
Expect to see Harvey be the first pitcher in line behind IL starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd to be his appearance, according to IL Manager Mike Sarbaugh. For Cabrera, expect a save opportunity if there is one, otherwise he will make into the game near the end.
"It's awesome, getting a taste of it already during the derby," Harvey added. "the manager came into today, asked me if it I was to make the second appearance and I said sure; definitely ready to go."