Stars Shine in the All-Star Game

Posted: July 14, 2010 by Adam Day in Sports
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The Major League All-Star Game

Does it get any better than this? You have a lineup full of the best hitters in the world, and what happens? Whiff! Pitchers duel! After all was said and done there were 18 total strikeouts. The pitching matchups were some of the best. Jiminez, Johnson, Halladay, Bell, and Wainwright for the National League matched up against Price, Petite, Lee, Verlander, and Hughes with the American League, just to name a few. These over powering pitchers put down some of the biggest names in baseball with three strikes; Pujols, Howard, Jeter, Ortiz, Swisher, and Konerko just to name a few.

Yes there was great pitching, but don’t count out these All-Stars. Thirteen hits in the game between the two League Stars. David Wright, who has helped the New York Mets become a contender in the NL East, went 2-2 doing his part to try and break down the American League pitchers. Don’t forget the American Leaguers who did there part as well. Jeter, Ortiz, and Longoria are just a few who had hits. Cabrera, who is flirting with a Triple Crown, also had a hit to continue and show he can hit the best pitchers out there.

Thirteen hits in the game, but none were as meaningful as Brian McCann’s double in the top of the 7th inning. The Atlanta Braves catcher came to the plate batting 0-1 in the game, bases loaded, and drove a ball to deep right to clear the bases. The three run double for the five time All-Star helped close the door on the huge losing streak for the National League and win the first Midsummer Classic since 1996. The win by the National League also secures home field advantage for the World Series, which McCann’s team is trying to make it back to for the first time since losing to the Yankees in 1999.

Brian McCann’s previous All-Star appearances were just as quiet as the National League had been in previous years. Glad they finally made some noise. Enough noise to get Brian McCann his first All-Star MVP award. An award that is very much deserving to him. I’m sure his teammates would agree. As Brian McCann was rounding first after “The Double”, you could see everyone in the National League dugout handing out high-fives, hugs, and there were even several jumping up and down celebrating. How sweet it is to be loved by all. Well, at least all in your own dugout.

So just days after the passing of Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard, a name and voice known by all in baseball, and on the day the Yankees longtime owner George Steinbrenner passed away, the baseball world was gloomy and sad. No doubt this is still a sad day in baseball, but maybe the stars that shined in this All-Star game brought a little light to those who needed it today.

“Now batting, for the New York Yankees, number two, Derek Jeter, number two.”

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Comments
  1. Joe says:

    That was an awesome game. So glad to see the NL come out on top for the first time since 1996, and at the hands of one of my favorite players.

    And hearing Jeter announced by Bob Sheppard was a nice touch, too. I think it’s cool that Sheppard’s voice will be used to announce him for the rest of his Yankee career… that says a lot about what he meant to the Yankees organization.

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