Another All-Star Game of my life is in the books. The American League won the game once again, and it was really a bad showing for the sport as a whole.
I probably will never see a Midsummer Classic, and that’s okay. I could have went to the game and sat in the nosebleeds, but I opted to just watch it at home with my buddy and have some laughs.
The best moment of the night was granted by Carlos Carassco during MLB’s Stand up to Cancer tribute in between innings. I have been hard on Carassco, but his battle with Leukemia is definitely one I will pray for him during.
Carassco looked sick to me, so I hope this is just a result of treatment. It’s unreal that he’s been able to pitch at all this season with this reportedly going on beginning in spring training. The guy has some serious stones – apparently he was going to hold off on treatments to be with the team.
The game in itself was just not entertaining. Joey Gallo and Charlie Blackmon had home runs, and Pete Alonso had a knock and a couple RBI. But this game was predicated on pitching, and the American League absolutely dominated.
Shane Bieber takes home the MVP award for the contest, and he couldn’t have had a better inning in which he dropped one sick pitch after another into the strike zone. Other guys I like didn’t fare real well.
Ronald Acuña Jr. struck out twice in his two at-bats. Gleyber Torres went 1 for 2 with a gift single that should have been fielded cleanly by the shortstop.
It just wasn’t my type of game, with little to no offense. It bored more people I talked to about it. People on social media weren’t entertained. Any kids who tuned in to see a show of the stars were probably on their iPads by the third inning.
Cody Bellinger was a huge feature of the All-Star game. Equally important, FOX featured a network interview with Bellinger and Alex Rodriguez in which Cody got some major screen time.
Bellinger went 0 for 2 with a pair of strikeouts in his second of what is assured to be about ten All-Star appearances. Still, the Dodgers as a whole did not have a good showing.
Clayton Kershaw got knocked around a little bit. Walker Buehler gave up a run. Max Muncy played some slick second base, but also struck out and went 0 for 2.
This play was AMAZING!
Max Muncy and Pete Alonso somehow got Carlos Santana out at first. pic.twitter.com/zkQmtcEgej
— Pitcher List (@PitcherList) July 10, 2019
Hyun-Jin Ryu worked a scoreless inning, but that was probably the highlight for the star-power Dodgers.
Now, a second half begins to slowly melt the season away. It’s hard to believe we are more than halfway through yet another season.