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2014 MLB All Star Recap
Once Again, The MLB All-Star Game took center stage in mid July & like Cal Ripken, Tony Gwynn & Mariano Rivera in past games, Derek Jeter was the playing legend that was honored during his Final All Star Game. Most thought this would be a pitching dominated game, but the AL Bats took care of business in the 1st & 5th Innings to get the win & home field in the World Series. Derek Jeter went 2 for 2 and really started off the offense in the 1st inning & also a Jeter like stop on defense on an Andrew McCutchen hit ball to Shortstop, but Mike Trout’s Triple & Double in 3 at-bats took care of getting All Star MVP. Oh yeah Miguel Cabera in that 1st Inning had a 372 feet 2-run home run as well. I did think the NL’s lack of Power in both the All-Star Game & HR Derby was very disappointing, but with a plethora of young stars the NL will be fun to watch for years to come. To me it felt like Jeter was passing the torch and face of baseball to Mike Trout & I like this quote from Jeter, “I think let Mike be Mike. I don’t think people have to necessarily appoint someone to a particular position,” Jeter said. “He’s got a bright future ahead of him. I don’t know how much better he can get, but if he consistently does what he’s doing, then he will be here for a long time.”
Mike Trout became the youngest All-Star Game MVP, about 3 1-2 months older than Ken Griffey Jr. was in 1992. Playing in his third All-Star game, Trout followed Jeter in the first by tripling off the right-field wall. Cabrera’s homer — just the fourth in the last six All-Star games — made it 3-0, but the NL tied it on consecutive RBI doubles by Chase Utley and Jonathan Lucroy off Jon Lester in the second and Lucroy’s run-scoring double against Chris Sale in the fourth. Trout put the AL ahead for good with an RBI double in the fifth — a bouncer over third base against Pat Neshek, the St. Louis reliever who grew up in the Minneapolis suburbs and started his career with the Twins. Jose Altuve followed with a sacrifice fly off Tyler Clippard.
It was also cool to see AL Manager John Farrell put in both hometown guys from the Twins P Glen Perkins & C Kurt Suzuki to close out the game in the 9th Inning. The Game also had 12 strikeouts & Yasiel Puig was the only one who struck-out looking. On the NL side Brewers Catcher Jonathan Lucroy had 2 hits, 2 RBI’s. It is ironic that NL Manager Mike Matheny’s two pitchers from his Cardinals team he manages, Adam Wainwright & Pat Neshek were the only 2 NL Pitchers that gave up runs during the game.
The MLB All Star game proved once again its the best All Star Game in all of Sports, no matter who has home field in the World Series. Below are highlights from last night’s All Star Game.