Baseball honoured its greatest living players on Tuesday night.
Maybe just send Mike Trout a whole fleet of cars right now and get it over with.
As always, the best news that came out of this year’s All-Star Game, a 6-3 American League win, was that no one was injured in the making of “This Time It Counts”.
The Reds, hosting the All-Star Game for the first time since 1988, celebrate their history at Great American Ball Park with statues of former players.
Trout, the reigning American League regular-season MVP, is in midst of topping his award-winning 2014 campaign with his best all-round season yet.
Or maybe you could and should wait until you see how many arms the Blue Jays add before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The husky left-hander pushed a single into left field on a 95-mph fastball that allowed the ultrafast Trout to race home with the go-ahead run.
One could say that Trout’s performance was legen – wait for it – dary!
And Ned Yost would watch his American League Squad take the early lead, fourth pitch of the game and the Angels’ Mike Trout takes Zack Greinke deep to right, gone, a lead off homer. Brock Holt pinch ran… “I just feel comfortable with it”.
Ryan Braun tripled and scored in the ninth… Brian Dozier homered.
In the sixth inning, New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom became the first pitcher in All-Star Game history with three strikeouts in an inning with 10 pitches or less. But, before the game, Pujols told Trout to start the game by going deep on the first pitch, to the opposite field. Kansas City’s and Madison County, Florida’s Lorenzo Cain followed with a double to make it 3-1. Trout is 5-for-10 (after a strikeout in the third), with two doubles, a triple and a homer. He kicked off the game with a homer, for the first time since Joe Morgan in 1977 in Yankee Stadium. The D’backs’ Paul Goldschmidt scores – it’s 1-1. “I felt fine. I wasn’t really throwing the ball where I wanted to”. Jhonny Peralta blooped a two-out single to right bringing home an unearned run. That’s down from the 11.3 million for last year’s game, Derek Jeter’s final All-Star appearance.
“It was fun, except for giving up the runs”, Kershaw said.
“There were a lot of legends”, said Donaldson, “they built the game and them being here made it a unique experience”.
But the All-Star game ranked first with the local 18-to-49 age group.
Frazier, the Home Run Derby champion for the All-Star host Cincinnati Reds, lives about 90 minutes away in Toms River, on the Jersey shore. Among foreign-born stars Canada is fifth with 19 – including Montreal’s Martin this year – behind the Dominican Republic (79), Venezuela (43), Puerto Rico (40) and Cuba (31). He finished the night 1-for-3 with a walk, a homer and two runs scored. Yes, he was a designated hitter, but he was the only player with two RBIs and the one that put his team ahead for good.
“The game is fundamentally different, fundamentally faster”. Admit it, folks, for many of us, the new names of baseball are mostly unfamiliar, as if someone randomly picked them from the phone book.
“It’s tough to even put into words what I was going through yesterday and the excitement and the things I think about when I called time-out”, Frazier said on Tuesday night.