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05/27/08 10:37 PM ET
Vizquel happily recedes from spotlight
Shortstop returns to business as usual after breaking record
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Much to his relief, Omar Vizquel resumed his normal existence Tuesday, away from the media horde. Grateful as Vizquel was for the recognition he received as he became the all-time leader in games played by a shortstop, he admitted Tuesday that he felt somewhat uncomfortable as the focus of excess media attention. Vizquel was mobbed by reporters Sunday, when he played both ends of the Giants' doubleheader at Florida to reach 2,584 games and pass Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio. Vizquel watched former teammate Barry Bonds deal with this kind of attention. "I think that's one of the things that I admire about him -- being able to block all that out and go on," Vizquel said. Vizquel is accustomed to some degree of fuss, having participated in six postseasons and three All-Star Games. But he called his weekend ordeal "overwhelming," adding, "It's hard to concentrate when you have a lot of people around like that." Fortunately or unfortunately, Vizquel is bound to receive another dose of celebrity treatment when the Giants play a June 24-26 Interleague series at Cleveland, where he starred from 1994-2004. "Another moment I feel nervous about," he conceded. "I don't know how that's going to turn out." The hubbub over Vizquel's record hasn't entirely subsided. The Giants will honor him before Friday's AT&T Park series opener against San Diego, with Aparicio on hand to pay tribute to his fellow Venezuelan.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.