Last night, July 11th, the sport historically known as “America’s favorite pastime” had their annual All-Star game. The best players in the league joined together in one ultimate game pitting the National League (NL) against the American League (AL). The game went to the American league in extra innings. The victory came at the hands of the game’s MVP, Robinson Cano in the top of the tenth, where he lined a curve ball thrown by Cub’s pitcher, Wade Davis, over the right field wall.
Baseball has been played since 1933, with the first All-Star game played on July 6th, 1933. Since then, the two leagues are now tied at 43 wins each, including yesterdays game. An interesting thing to note about last nights game is the change in its prize. Normally, the winning team earns the right to home-field advantage during the World Series. This year, they have done away with this rule. Instead, now the MLB has decided whichever team has the best record at the time of the game will now earn the right to have the home field advantage.
Even without the thought of home-field advantage, fans still flocked to the Miami stadium reaching numbers up to 37,188. While it was ultimately a pitching showdown with very few runners reaching the plate, it was a nice refresher to see the players enjoying themselves on the field. One in particular that was enjoying himself was Seattle Mariners designated hitter, Nelson Cruz, who can be seen getting a picture while up to bat with head umpire Joe West.