Last year, and maybe even the two years before that, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen allowed himself to entertain the thought of being selected as an All-Star.
His numbers were solid. His reputation was imposing.
He has since learned his lesson.
The Dodgers believe that they have, as Manager Don Mattingly put it, "one of the top guys in the show," that Jansen is "one of the best closers out there." Few in baseball would disagree, and the statistics support his case.
Yet Jansen has never made an All-Star team. Each season, Jansen said, he has gotten his hopes up and ended up disappointed. So this year, he is not expecting anything.