SAN DIEGO, July 12 (UPI) -- Although MLB has fought to give meaning back to the mid-summer classic, it's hard to combat its relaxed vibe.
Maybe the most relaxed player regarding its outcome could be Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.
The winner of Tuesday's game holds home-field advantage in the World Series. Fernandez's Marlins, while boasting an unexpected 47-41 record, are not expected to contend for the National League pennant. But for teams like the Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, and Los Angeles Dodgers, an All-Star Game victory could prove vital down the stretch.
"I told him yesterday that I am going to throw him three fastballs down the middle," Fernandez told ESPN. "I want to watch him hit a home run."
Fernandez, 23, even said that he would take something off his fiery fastballs.
"90 miles per hour," Fernandez told ESPN. "So there is no chance he fouls them or misses them."
On Monday, Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez praised the young ace.
"I believe you're better than I was at the same age," Martinez said on MLB Network.
Fernandez leads MLB with 12.9 strikeouts per 9 innings this season. He is 11-4 with a 2.52 ERA.