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Chicago Players Have Incredible Reactions After Being Named to All-Star Game

The All-Star Game will be held July 17 in Washington D.C.

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    Being named to the MLB All-Star game is a major achievement in the baseball world -- and that wasn't lost on the Chicago players who made the cut this year.

    For the group of incredibly talented Chicago players making their way to Washington D.C. later this month, the weekend announcement was nothing short of exciting. 

    But for two in particular, it was especially emotional. 

    Those two players were first-time All-Stars Willson Contreras and Javier Baez. 

    The Chicago Cubs posted a video as the players learned they had been named. It shows teammates and coaches congratulating both players in the team's clubhouse. 

    "I made it," Baez can be heard saying. 

    The video then shows Contreras heading to the batting cages, tears streaming down his face. 

    Contreras, who is hitting .287 with seven home runs and 34 RBI, narrowly edged out Giants catcher Buster Posey in fan voting.

    "Thanks to all the fans for the great support from Venezuela to Chicago from Chicago to Washington D.C.," he wrote on Twitter Sunday.

    Baez was named to his first All-Star team after winning the fan vote over Braves star Ozzie Albies. The second baseman is hitting .294 with 17 home runs and 63 RBI so far this season for the Cubs.

    He later tweeted a heartfelt message to fans. 

    "I just want to thank all my fans, 'Cubs Fans' mi gente de PR esto es para ustedes, my Tteammates who always pick me up & obviously MI FAMILIA! Que no importa que SIEMPRE ESTAN AQUI PARA MI! Los Amo! I’m an All Star Baby!!! #JB9 #ElMago," his message read. 

    The Chicago White Sox will also have a starter in the game, as first baseman Jose Abreu will make his second All-Star appearance. 

    Abreu is hitting .259 this season with 12 home runs and 50 RBI, and is making his first appearance in the game since his rookie year in 2014. 

    In a message posted by Los White Sox on Twitter, Abreu shared a special thank you to fans. 

    "Thanks to all my fans, I will represent you all in the All-Star game Chicago White Sox," he said in Spanish in a video posted by the team. 

    Cubs starter Jon Lester will also be heading to the game for his fifth career appearance. He is one of the top pitchers in the league with an 11-2 record and a 2.25 ERA this season. 

    "Thrilled to get the nod for the @AllStarGame," he wrote Monday morning. "To me, there's no greater honor than being recognized by your peers. What makes this one special is getting to share it with Killer and Javy. No doubt they'll be back for years to come! @WContreras40 @javy23baez #EverybodyIn." 

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