Yesterday I questioned the purpose of the MLB-All Star game, but perhaps I was too harsh after an exciting to start to last night’s contest where the AL defeated the NL 5-3 at Target Field.
Leading the way for the American League was Los Angeles Angels outfielder and baseball-wunderkind Mike Trout, who finished 2-for-3 with a run scored, a double, a triple, and two RBI. It is definitely telling when you can win the MVP award like Trout did on a night where Derek Jeter was playing his last all-star game and collected two hits of his own.
Many see this as a “passing of the torch” to Trout, but frankly, Trout and Miguel Cabrera were just the two best players last night, plain and simple.
Though much like last year and the send off for New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, Jeter got his moment before the start of the fourth inning, where he was met with a standing-ovation and properly sent off the field. Fun to realize that Jeter was taken out of the game by John Farrell, the Boston Red Sox manager. Yes Derek, even in one of your final moments of greatness, Boston gets to smirk a bit.
Trout’s RBI-double in the bottom of the fifth, along with a sac-fly by Houston Astros second baseman and sabermetric fiend Jose Altuve, gave the AL the two-run lead that would eventually be the final score. The game was exciting until the sixth inning and on, but that was much longer than I thought it was going to be entertaining.
The AL now gets home-field advantage in the World Series this year. Now it hasn’t been the most inspiring title-defense so far in 2014, but at least if Boston does find a way to turn it around, Game One will be at Fenway Park in October.