American League Wins All Star Game
The American League claimed the 6-3 victory in the MLB All-Star Game, which means they will now have home field advantage in the World Series.
Mike Trout started things off with a bang, smashing a leadoff home run for the first time in 38 years to get the action started. It led to him winning back to back All-Star Game MVP honors before even passing a quarter century in years. His bat, along with Prince Fielder's, were heavily responsible for the AL's 6-3 victory. Trout picked up an RBI himself, while Fielder put in two.
Andrew McCutcheon tried to make things interesting with a home run in the sixth inning, but it still wasn't enough to keep up with the AL.
It's always fun seeing the greats go at it, head to head. It's also odd seing Clayton Kershaw take the loss in any format. If only this were all for fun...but it's not. These games matter now.
As much as the Home Run Derby drew me in to watch the drama, the All Star Game failed to do as much. Maybe it was just this selfish viewer, but I found myself periodically tuning out as always. The opening ceremonies were nice. Trout's leadoff was awesome too. Simply put, it's lost its allure.
The largest moment came before the game, when Pete Rose was allowed to walk on the field for a moment of recognition as one of the greatest four players to ever wear a Reds' jersey. MLB's Hall of Fame will permanently hold their doors closed to Rose, but Cincy will always love Charlie Hustle. He received a warm ovation, and the emotions were clearly written on his face. You don't have to like him, but it was hard not to appreciate the moment.
Overall, the MLB All Star Break was a success. Changes to the Home Run Derby led to heightened excitement and the All-Star Game provided some historical firsts in the form of Mike Trout.
Now back to the regular season. Let's see if baseball can keep this momentum rolling to stay in the spotlight for a little while longer.