The Washington Times - July 9, 2012, 08:41PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the first time in their history, the Washington Nationals have four players named to the National League All-Star team. While only three were heading to Kansas City on Sunday night, the Lerner Family, the principal owners of the team, flew them there on their private plane.

Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Bryce Harper traveled in style with the Lerner family — including Ted Lerner — Sunday night. They enjoyed the conversation on the plane, all three said, and especially enjoyed watching Strasburg’s dog, Bentley, do tricks. (Ian Desmond withdrew from the game with oblique soreness.)


Bentley, a Yorkie, was apparently a little irked when they first took off and went through some turbulence but Strasburg said once things calmed down he was quite the ham for the crowd. His best move is playing dead, Strasburg said.

“It was fun,” Strasburg said. “Definitely a first. Had our dog doing tricks for the Lerners and everything.

“Once (the turbulence) mellowed out a little bit you point your finger at him and he’ll fall over.”

“The ride was pretty cool,” Gonzalez said. “Nice and bumpy. Playing with Stras’ little dog, Bentley and then you had Bryce over there watching some movies. Got to talk a lot with the Lerner Family. Had some fun, some smiles, some jokes but once we landed we were like, ‘All right, let’s get it going now.’”