A Night to remember or forget…

July 11, 2012 | Stephen Daniels

  Kansas City had the stars out on Tuesday night and there were lots of fireworks. The only problem was the National League was the only team setting them off. There were lots of storie lines on the night that would run throughout the game. Tony LaRussa came out of retirement to manage one final game. Chipper Jones was able to be amongst the All Stars one last time. Bryce Harper embraced the chance to show a national audience the meaning of  being a True National, and The Giants of San Francisco became Giants of the Mid-Summer Classic.  In addition to bragging rights home field advantage during the World Series was on the line.  The American League’s bolstering lineup was expected to rebound and reign royal after falling to the National League in 2010 and 2011. However, the National League was determined to prove that the 3rd time truly is the charm.

The All-Star game MVP was San Francisco Giants’ Outfielder Melky Cabrera. The Melk Man showed why he belonged in the Mid-Summer Classic and remains one of the best that Major League Baseball has to offer. He went 2 for 3 on the night hitting a single and a two run home- run in the Top of the 4th adding the final two runs of the night for the National League. Those runs would be more than needed in a route to defeating the American League All Stars Eight to Nothing. Melky Cabrera was not the only Giant to make his mark on the Classic. His teammates first basemen Pablo Sandoval, catcher Buster Posey, and starting and winning Pitcher Matt Cain all helped the National League win and showed the rest of the Baseball World that West Coast Baseball is relevant and a force to be reckoned with in the Second half of the season.”The Big Panda” Pablo Sandoval had a triple that scored 3 runs and Matt Cain Pitched the most innings of any pitcher on the night with Two Scoreless innings.

The 83rd Mid-Summer Classic was the first for rookies Mark Trumbo and Bryce Harper. They didn’t make much of an impact on the game itself but their presence and youthfulness was shown throughout the week. Other All Stars that had been there in previous years said on countless occasions “that the torch has been passed down to the new set of All Stars that will hopefully come back year after year”. There were other stars that shined on the night like Derek Jeter and Veteran Chipper Jones. Chipper’s pre-game speech must have resonated to the rest of the men in the locker room as they did not disappoint their teammate for the night an eventual Future Hall of Famer for he got to hang out with the boys of summer one last time. The Kansas City fans also gave him a very loud and respecting ovation when he came up to bat, a fitting way to the end of an era and a great way to show respect to a veteran and All Star like Chipper Jones. The only player that represented the hosting team of the All Star Game was Kansas City Royals’ star Billy Butler. All weekend long he received support from the hometown fans that were upset at Yankees and American League Home Run Derby Captain Robinson Cano. Cano did not choose their lone all star as one of the contestants in the Home Run Derby. Every time Cano was introduced and/or spoken of over the PA a very loud cheer of Boos resonated from the Kansas faithful. When the Royals’ star finally entered the game in the bottom of the 7th he got a standing ovation from the fans. The Kansas City faithful showed the world that baseball still reigns ROYAL throughout their great land.

The Orioles’ all-stars represented the organization well in Kansas City. Center Fielder Adam Jones and Catcher Matt Wieters dominated the 6th inning by catching all three outs.  Jones caught two pop-ups and Wieters caught the third strike of the inning from Chicago White Sox Pitcher Chris Sale. When the Saves league leading pitcher JJ Johnson entered the game in the 8th inning he did what he has done all year long. He pitched lights out baseball with a 1,2,3 inning. The best Orioles’ highlight from the All Star week would come on Monday night at the Home Run Derby. Adam Jones who is known for his pranks and funny antics in the Orioles’ locker room tweeted that he was a little hungry. The Kansas City staff prepared a plate of BBQ ribs and delivered them to him on the field.  Adams Jones with national media surrounding him ate those ribs on National Television. He got a lot of great reaction from the national media and baseball fans from all over.

Even though the American League team did not win and the Orioles will not have Home field advantage in the World Series in October. (Let’s Hope the Orioles get there!) It was an unforgettable evening and week for the elite of the elite, the best of the best players in the world that Major League Baseball calls The Mid-Summer Classic, the 83rd All Star Game