TORONTO -- Add this to the bulging file of how-old-is-Carlton Fisk anecdotes: The pitcher he caught in his first All-Star Game, Gaylord Perry, started for the American League Old-Timers yesterday afternoon.
That was 19 years ago, when Fisk was a fresh-faced Red Sox rookie.
"It was pretty weird, to tell you the truth," said Fisk, who wore an "Older is Better" T-shirt under his White Sox workout jersey. "You come here for the first time, and you see guys who have been here many times and you wonder whether you belong here."
There's no wondering this time. Fisk is hitting .256 with seven homers and 36 RBIs. "He deserves it," battery-mate Jack McDowell said. "He should have been here last year."
At 43 years 6 months and 13 days old, Fisk is the third-oldest All-Star in history, behind 47-year-old Satchel Paige and 44-year-old Pete Rose.
His teammates didn't let him forget it. When reporters asked Fisk to name his favorite All-Star experience, lockermate Wade Boggs quipped "57, wasn't it?"