Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

All-Star on Outside Looking In.(West Side Journal)

Byline: James Yodice Of the Journal

By ground or by air? Either way he goes, if he goes, the inclusion of Anaheim Angels relief pitcher Brendan Donnelly to the American League All-Star team Sunday was a win-win situation for Rio Rancho High School baseball coach Ron Murphy.

On Monday, Donnelly, whom Murphy coached at Sandia High, was scrambling to figure out what his ticket allotment is for next week's midsummer classic at U.S. Cellular Field in south Chicago.

Murphy, Donnelly's longtime friend, was waiting by his phone Monday night to find out if he'd have his ticket punched; the next step would be to determine by what passage he'd cover the distance. Drive the 1,350 miles to downtown Chicago, or fly?

Not an altogether horrible dilemma to have, when you think about it.

Before any trip planning, however, Murphy reflected on the elation he felt when learning of Donnelly's All-Star selection. …

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