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Eight-time All-Star Mike Trout reflects on his past All-Star Game memories. USA TODAY

CLEVELAND —They were traded for each other 11 years ago to the day Monday, and for the first time, New York Yankees veteran starter CC Sabathia and Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley actually met.

It was surreal for each of them bumping into each other in the lobby of their hotel in the city where they became All-Stars and never wanted to leave, only for economics to get in the way of their dream of spending their entire careers with the Cleveland Indians.

“I told him it was an honor being traded for him,’’ Brantley told USA TODAY Sports.

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