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Mariners All-Star closer Edwin Diaz is ecstatic about LeBron James signing with the Lakers

It was no surprise to see Mariners closer Edwin Diaz make the AL All-Star team after his historic first half for Seattle. He struck out 79 batters in 48 innings while converting 36 of 39 save opportunities. 
But when he's not throwing 100-mph fastballs to opposing hitters, Diaz loves watching basketball, especially the Los Angeles Lakers. When asked last month if he thought his favorite team had a chance to sign then-free agent LeBron James, Diaz was confident: 

It wasn't long before Diaz was rewarded with the good news: LeBron would indeed be wearing purple and gold next season.
Check out the video at the top of the page to hear more.
Diaz wasn't the only All-Star reliever with an admiration for LeBron -- Brewers right-hander Jeremy Jeffress was lucky enough to get up close to The King at a Milwaukee Bucks game: