I have spent nearly the past week in New York with my Dad attending some of the All-Star Game festivities. My account of these events has been written and will hopefully be on the main site either tomorrow or Thursday.
Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the game itself. Then again with standing room only tickets at $250 a pop not to mention 100 degree weather, staying indoors to watch the game wasn’t such a bad option.
The American League won for the first time since 2009 with a 3-0 victory.
The game did get off to an inauspicious start when NL starting pitcher Matt Harvey of the New York Mets plunked New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano on the knee. Cano had to leave the game for a pinch runner. Fortunately, x-rays were negative. Although methinks Harvey will be booed lustily by Yankees fans the next time the Mets pay a visit.
The NL was limited to three hits which were collected by Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals, David Wright of the New York Mets and Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Since two of the three AL runs were scored by way of a sacrifice fly and a fielder’s choice I told Dad, “If Mariano Rivera pitches a scoreless inning, he’ll get the All-Star Game MVP.”
Well, Rivera pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning and got the All-Star Game MVP trophy. When Rivera came in to pitch he took the field alone while the fans and both dugouts gave him standing ovations.
After earning the save, Texas Rangers pitcher Joe Nathan gave Mo the ball. Another classy gesture.
The 2014 MLB All-Star Game will be played at Target Field in Minneapolis.
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